27 Dec

Hazard: Chelsea can compete in England and in Europe… our squad IS big enough

first_imgEden Hazard believes Chelsea have a big enough squad to compete on all fronts this season, despite manager Antonio Conte’s apparent frustration at the lack of signings during the transfer window.Conte had targeted eight signings this summer, including Romelu Lukaku, Virgil van Dijk and Alex Sandro from Juventus – all of whom they missed out on.There were also unsuccessful bids for Fernando Llorente, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley.Danny Drinkwater from Leicester and Davide Zappacosta were signed on deadline day to join Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger as the Blues bid to defend their Premier League crown.Hazard believes this is enough to sustain Chelsea on four fronts as they make their return to the Champions League after missing out last season.He said: “I think this year will be no different from the previous years, in the sense that every year it is difficult – especially when you play in many competitions.“This year we have the Champions League as well and it is not easy to succeed in multiple competitions. But we will do our best and we have got depth in our squad so sometimes maybe one or two players can rest so they are 110 per cent for the next competition.“We just want to win as many trophies as possible, for me personally I haven’t won the Champions League so maybe that one would be a little bit more special, but I would prefer us to win everything.Looking ahead at the season, the Belgium international has identified four teams to challenge Chelsea for the title, but failed to name London rivals Tottenham, who finished second last term.Hazard said: “It’s not just one team, I think all of the teams have got really good players: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Man City and good managers as well. So we will see.”Hazard was speaking at a Q&A with Nike during the unveiling of his new Nike Mercurial Ultra Flyknit Vapor. Hazard hasn’t featured for the Blues this season due to injury 1last_img

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