Eden Hazard on Chelsea's top four hopes following defeat to Liverpool
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Eden Hazard on Chelsea's top four hopes following defeat to Liverpool

Eden Hazard on Chelsea's top four hopes following defeat to Liverpool

15 Apr 2019, 12:00

Chelsea suffered a dent in their top four aspirations after their 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday with Eden Hazard noting that qualifying for the Champions League is paramount for the club.

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The Blues now sit fourth on the log with 66 points from 34 games but have played a game more than Manchester United and two more than Arsenal who are in action on Monday 15th April against Watford. Maurizio Sarri's men could still qualify for the Champions League despite not finishing in the top four if the bag UEFA Europa League where they are currently in the quarter-finals and have a 1-0 advantage over Slavia Prague heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

In an interview with the club's official website, Hazard revealed that qualification for the Champions League should the norm for a club like Chelsea, "We have to qualify – that’s it, that simple. We want to play in the Champions League next season so the only solution is to be in the top four or win the Europa League.

“It’s not just about me, the club has to be in the Champions League. We miss the Champions League this season, so for the fans, for the board, for the players, the staff, this club has to be in the Champions League every year. But in the Premier League you never know how many teams can be in the top-four race, six or seven, so it is a hard challenge, but we can do it.

“Every year is different, every year is hard, but I think the Premier League is getting harder every year. But at the end the target is always the same, to win something and then play Champions League next season. We are Chelsea. Every year we need to start thinking at the beginning of the season that we can have trophies. In the last 10 years, we’ve won a lot of trophies, so we need to think we can keep doing it. It’s just about mentality if we want to win something we can do it.”