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Eden Hazard reflects on Chelsea’s failed Premier League title defence

Nike Football 2018 Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Nike

Eden Hazard has led Chelsea to two Premier League titles in the last three years, but a third one will have to wait until at least next season. Chelsea do remain alive in the one competition that so far has eluded Hazard and Chelsea since he signed on that fateful day in 2012, but ironically it is (partially) Chelsea’s involvement in the Champions League this season that has affected the domestic campaign.

“I think the Premier League is difficult. It’s hard to win every year. Last year we didn’t have the Champions League. This year we have less time to be ready for the games. Every week there are three games.”

Speaking with ESPN at the big fancy Nike Mercurial event earlier this week, Hazard also reflected on the nature of the league itself, with parity and competition levels above those seen in most other leagues. And that’s before we get to the part about transfers and all the other events that has caused us a few headaches over the past six months.

“We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different. That’s why we love football — if there is only one team that wins it would be boring. That’s why football is special. You never know what’s going to happen, especially in England.”

-Eden Hazard; source: ESPN

One player who has been a constant for the past 5.5 years has been Eden Hazard. Now, above most else, we have to ensure that will be the case for at least another 5.5. HLN journalist Kristof Terreur recently confirmed that Chelsea have yet to table a formal contract extension offer to Hazard, and while Eden has spoken positively of signing on the dotted line when the time does come, it would be nice if we showed some solid progress in this regard, especially as the rest of the season threatens to collapse.

Get it done, please.

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