Blues can't afford mistakes against Hammers: Hazard
Eden Hazard admits Chelsea have no margin for error as the Blues try to remain in control of the race to qualify for the Champions League. Rafael Benitez's side, fourth in the Premier League, host London rivals West Ham today with victory essential to keep ahead of fifth placed Arsenal and in touch with third placed Tottenham.
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.