Chelsea player Eden Hazard has noted he thinks that the Blues have to beat Tottenham Hotspur in order to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Finishing in the top four will of course see the Blues back in the Champions League, and they know that’s vital for next season and their hopes of progressing from a poor campaign this time out.
“We had a couple of bad games last month but before we went away for the international break we wanted to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and we did, so the confidence is back and everyone is focused on this game,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“We know it’s a massive one if we want to reach our target of finishing in the top four.
“We’re ready to play a good game.
“I think in the last two or three years especially it hasn’t been easy to win against them.
“Their manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is very good, Harry Kane has been on fire and they have a lot of top players like Moussa Dembele.
“It’s a massive derby for the fans and a huge game for us.
“We are all focused.
“In France we say a derby is not like a normal game, it doesn’t matter how you play, you just need to win. When we play against Tottenham everybody thinks the same.
One thing is clear – the same issues Jose Mourinho encountered during his time at Chelsea are now being experienced by Antonio Conte, with the Blues manager clashing with the board and also Eden Hazard.
The player has noted he doesn’t like the tactics Conte deploys at times, and it seems that Chelsea could be looking for a new manager come the summer – and Hazard is looking to stay with the Blues after it seemed Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo turned their attentions to Mo Salah.