Belgian playmaker Hazard is aware the pressure will start to mount on his team if they slip up against the Hammers. “Three points are a must for us on Sunday, we need to win the match,” Hazard said.
“Chelsea are a big club. We have to win titles and to qualify for the Champions League. There’s a lot to do but we’ll try to do it all,” he added. Despite the constant sense of chaos surrounding Chelsea, the team are still in with a chance of winning the Europa League and FA Cup.
Chelsea suffered the first defeat of Benitez’s reign at Upton Park in December, throwing away the lead in a 3-1 loss, and it is a painful memory for Hazard, who concedes his teammates will have to be far more switched on if they want to avoid a repeat.
“At Upton Park, one or two errors crept in, particularly during the second half, but we were very good in the first half. We need to try to repeat that first-half display on Sunday and make sure we get a positive result. We are going into the game in good form, so we should be able to produce a strong performance,”Hazard said.