Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action against Roma at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard in action against Roma at Stamford Bridge. NEIL HALL

Blues are still a title contender, says Chelsea star

CHELSEA star Eden Hazard has not given up on retaining the English Premier League crown despite a run of three games without a win in all competitions.

The Blues are in fifth place, surprisingly one spot below and two points behind tonight's visitors to Stamford Bridge, Watford.

Antonio Conte's men followed up the loss to Manchester City and last week's shock 2-1 defeat at bottom club Crystal Palace with a 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League after leading 2-0.

Hazard, who scored twice against Roma, said while the poor form was a concern, Chelsea was still an EPL contender.

"I don't agree with that (that the title is gone)," Hazard said.

"I think the difference was that last year, Man City and Man United are stronger than last year.

"We are ready. We know that the Premier League is long so we will take time to be back (in contention for the title).

"I think we have a lot of players. All of them can play. I know for the players, sometimes it is important to rest and be on the bench.

"For me, as a person, I just want to play. I missed three months of football and I just want to be on the pitch but the manager makes his own decisions so we are happy with that."

Chelsea's recent dip in form has coincided with injuries to key players N'Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater.

David Luiz and Gary Cahill also appeared to pick up minor injuries against the Serie A side in midweek and Hazard said the team needed to adapt to playing European football again.

"I think it is different this season because we play in the Champions League," he said.

"Last season was more easy because we didn't play two games every week. We were more fresh. Now it is a bit different.

"We need to adapt to the situation, we will give everything but I think we are in the same level as last year.

"We have just two training sessions to be focused on the games. Last season, we had a whole week to be ready so it is a little bit different but we hope to adapt quickly."

Fixtures: Chelsea v Watford, Huddersfield v Man Utd, Man City v Burnley, Newcastle v Crystal Palace, Stoke v Bournemouth, Swansea v Leicester, Southampton v West Brom

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