Eden Hazard says missing out on a Champions League place next season could work in Chelsea’s favour.
The Blues are 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham and, with only six games remaining, look certain to be playing Europa League football next season.
Hazard, however, is looking on the bright side by pointing out Chelsea won the league last season when freed of the burden of playing in the continent’s elite competition.
“When you play for Chelsea you want to be in the Champions League every year but last year we didn’t play in it and we won the title,” he told the club website. “So sometimes a bad thing can create a good thing.”
It’s not all straw-clutching, though, with Hazard insisting Chelsea will fight to the end to reach the top four while the FA Cup could yet mean a difficult season ends with silverware.
“I hope, for the Chelsea fans and ourselves, that we can achieve something,” Hazard said.
“We still have the FA Cup to play for so we need to bring this trophy to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
“But we will play for the Champions League, for sure.
“We need to work together. There are six games left to play in the league and we will try everything to be in the top four at the end of the season.”
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