Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard is disheartened by his past failures and has been urged to stamp his mark in the Champions League. While Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar have solidified their status with headline-performances in Europe’s elite club competition.
The Belgian quality is beyond a shadow of doubt and the Chelsea FC star has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ballon d’Or award in the wake of playing a key part in Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph last season.
Despite giving defenders nightmare with his admirable skills in domestic competitions, since Hazard made his Champions League debut with former Ligue 1 side Lille in 2011, the game’s most amazing stage has seen frustratingly few glimpses of Hazard’s exquisite talent.
On account of that, Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Roma on Wednesday offers the Belgian forward an opportunity to change the story.
Mindful that Hazard is presently in his prime years, Antonio Conte has issued an open challenge to a player who is sometimes known for giving his personality a chance to negatively affect his performances.
“I think last season Eden played a really important season. He played very well and was really important for us to win the league,” Conte said.
“This competition brings you on another level and I think he has all the possibility to do this. He is a top player. I think it is the right moment.”
Since joining Chelsea FC in 2012, Hazard failed to register a goal in Europe that season as the Blues were embarrassingly eliminated at the group stage. Hazard got his first Champions League goal against Schalke in 2013 and had one of his more awesome seasons with Chelsea reaching the semi-finals stage of the competition.
Proving a false dawn as a frustrating round of 16 exits to Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 and 2016 highlighted all the disappointing efforts from the Belgian.
Conte made his plea for more desperation from Hazard as Chelsea set to pick up their pieces after Premier League title defence was dented by a successive loss to Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
Significantly, the 26-year old has been unable to imitate last season’s mesmerizing run of form as he struggles to rediscover his sharpness and awesomeness following his injury.
Eden Hazard is yet to register a goal in eight appearances for Chelsea this term and still looked pretty shy of his peak when Chelsea FC shockingly lose to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Luckily for Chelsea FC, Hazard’s slow progress has not hampered their Champions League aspirations. He was a substitute when Conte’s side pounded Qarabag in their Group C opener before playing 82 minutes of their 2-1 win over stubborn Atletico Madrid.
The Blues forward is keen to get himself time to rediscover his best form, as he tried to play down Chelsea supporters’ expectations.
“I missed football for three months and it’s not easy to come back after a big injury but I did,” he said. “I just want to play football. I will miss some games, and I play bad for some games.
“I just want to play and try to bring the best of me.”