Hazard fears for Chelsea future while under transfer ban
Eden Hazard admits Chelsea are going to struggle to make progress next season while under a transfer embargo.
Chelsea finished third in the Premier League – a huge 26 points behind champions Manchester City – and the Belgium international knows it will be tough again next season if they cannot sign players for two transfer windows.
‘When you look at the season, (Manchester City and Liverpool) are far better than us,’ said Hazard, who may not even be with the club next season.
‘If we want to compete with them next season, we need to do it better.
It’s that simple.
We need to win games in football – if you don’t, you’re in trouble.
‘How can we bridge the gap if the transfer ban remains in place? I think if we can keep the same philosophy as this season, keep playing football like we tried to do it this season but in a better way, that’s it.
‘ Meanwhile, Hazard says that despite qualifying for the Champions League via the top four, a successful season hinges on victory in the Europa League final against Arsenal.
When asked to give Chelsea’s season a rating out of 10, he said: ‘Now it’s like six-and-a-half.
If we win in Baku, it is going to be maybe a seven-and-a-half.’