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Hazard looking forward to playing with Pedro and getting season back on track

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It's been a quiet start to the season from Eden Hazard, both on and off the pitch.  The usually effervescent earthly manifestation of heavenly footballing powers has looked decidedly ordinary of late, the inexplicably missed clear-cut chance against Manchester City just about summing up his and our start to the season.

Of course, Hazard did have a slightly slower start to the season last year as well, so there's no reason to fear he won't rediscover the form that made him just about everyone's Premier League player of the year.  He's stepped up repeatedly to the personal challenges posed by Mourinho over the last couple years, and he will undoubtedly step up to meet this latest one as well.

"Of course we need to change, we have just one point."

"We need to play our game, our football. We need to score more goals, defend very well. Everybody has to be better.

"I'm not surprised [how hard it has been]. The manager said to the players last season 'you will see next season will be hard'. It's the beginning of the season, we have to work. Now we play the third game and if we want to be at the top at the end, we have to start winning games."

-Eden Hazard; source: Sky

While Hazard has become synonymous with Chelsea's left wing over the past three seasons, our right wing has been a revolving door of failed hopes and square pegs in round holes.  New signing Pedro will be the latest possible solution, one that Hazard is looking forward to playing with and learning from.

"When you play with Chelsea, you want to play with big players. He (Pedro) can bring a new experience. He is very good, fast, I want to play with him. I want to learn, I'm still young, I want to be one of the very best and I learn from the best."

These quotes come from the latest Sky Sports "exclusive" interview with the 24-year-old, which you can watch here.  Hazard talks about many of the usual topics that he gets asked about:  playing for Mourinho ("he lets me play"), gunning for Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ("It's not easy to score every game"), dealing with all the fouls, looking to always improve, and to keep on winning everything possible.

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