Chelsea’s Hazard admits he needs to improve – should he be dropped?

The Belgium international has said that he has not reached his best form this season, but is there a case that he should be rotated?

Eden Hazard started last season in electric form following his big-money move to Chelsea from Lille, but the same cannot be said this term.

The Belgium international has not looked his devastating self under Jose Mourinho, and has admitted as much to the club’s official website.

“It’s difficult for me,” Hazard admitted.

“I need to change something on the pitch, and understand the situation each game.

“Against three defenders it is different than against one, and obviously more difficult. I need to play more simply, but also more quickly.

“It’s so great to play with Juan [Mata], with Oscar and with Andre [Schurrle].

“We have to work together to make playing together easier. When we do that we always make chances and score goals, and we hope to do that again today.”

Given the talent available to Mourinho in the attacking midfield positions off a lone striker, is there a case to suggest that Hazard should be dropped for a game or two?

Mourinho has made the likes of Juan Mata work extra hard to win his place back in the side, and has been ruthless at times with his team selection.

As things stand, there are other players that are in better form than Hazard, and as such the former Lille man is lucky to have had a continued run in the team.

Andre Schurrle hit a hat-trick for Germany against Sweden in midweek, Mata has looked rejuvenated and scored for Spain, while Oscar also netted against Japan.

With Kevin De Bruyne and big-money summer transfer Willian also in the running for a starting berth, Hazard surely should not automatically be one of the first names on the Chelsea teamsheet.

When at his best and on form, Hazard has shown that he can be one of the most devastating attacking midfielders in the Premier League, almost unplayable when he is in the mood.

However, at times it refocuses players’ minds to be rested in favour of a team-mate and there is a case in point that Mourinho should follow this route.

If Hazard was to be dropped for today’s clash with Cardiff, it would only motivate the Belgian to work harder to get back into the side for the important Champions League clash against Schalke.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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