Eden Hazard concedes that Premier League Champions are encountering a more gruelling December than during last season’s title-winning campaign due to the club’s inclusion in the Champions League.
The West London club will host Southampton to Stamford Bridge this weekend in the wake of recovering from the stun crush at West Ham United with a comfortable 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.
The EPL clash against the recently promoted Yorkshire side highlighted Chelsea’s forward qualities with Hazard combining admirably with Willian and Pedro to overpower the hosts.
The win opened up a four-point gap toward the fifth place and keeping in mind that Conte may have just surrendered his side have no expectation of safeguarding their title, they are making amazing progress towards the objective of guaranteeing their return to the Champions League next season.
Having failed to qualify for last season’s European elite football, The Blue’s profited from a reduced fixture list that added to them, in the long run, becoming Premier League champions.
This time around, Chelsea boss has been compelled to manage his squad diversely and Hazard concedes the additional demands have incurred a significant toll.
We have a lot of games in a short period,” said the Belgium playmaker. “Last year we didn’t have this because we weren’t in the Champions League, but since I came to Chelsea, for six years now it has been the same. We can deal with that.
“We had a bad game against West Ham. When things happen like this we need to bounce back. We did that, and we scored three goals.
“I think the fans are happy, we are happy, so now let’s move forward for the game against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea summer import, Alvaro Morata missed the outing to Huddersfield and remains doubtful for the visit to St Mary’s Stadium, while David Luiz is again expected to miss the game due to a knee injury.
The Saints head to Stamford Bridge on the back of a humiliating 4-1 home thrashing to Leicester City oversaw by former Saint boss Claude Puel.
“I think it was a bad game from the beginning until the end,” Pellegrino.
“When you are not there 100 percent on the game it is difficult to analyse the thing.
“The question is why,” he said, noting that “three days before we showed a completely different face”.
“The good thing when you play bad like the other day and you have another game quickly, then as quick as possible we want to play this game and show another face,” he stated.
Pellegrino has a fully fit squad to choose from and is likely to freshen up his side. The manager is also keen to add new faces to his squad in January.
“We are thinking about it, we have some options,” Pellegrino said. “We have enough in the squad but we are thinking about where we can do some movement.”
However, he said that the “market offers you not too many possibilities in December”.