Eden Hazard demands Chelsea response against Basel

Eden Hazard warns Chelsea that they cannot afford to slip up against Basel on Wednesday following their defeat at Everton

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Eden Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille last summer Photo: The Sport Review

Eden Hazard has warned Chelsea that they cannot afford to slip up against Basel on Wednesday following their defeat at Everton.

The Blues suffered their first Premier League loss on Saturday as Steven Naismith’s first-half goal handed the Toffees victory on Merseyside.

Jose Mourinho’s men now turn their attentions to Wednesday’s Champions League group opener against Basel, and the Belgium international is hoping the Blues can bounce back with a convincing win over the Swiss side.

“We have another game on Wednesday in the Champions League and we need to win because Chelsea is a big club and if we lose two games it’s very bad for us,” said Hazard.

“We need to work in training to help us win that game.”

Chelsea v Basel: Pre-match facts

• Last season’s games were the first competitive encounters between the sides. In the Switzerland first leg, David Luiz’s stoppage-time free-kick earned Chelsea a 2-1 advantage after Fabian Schär’s late penalty had cancelled out Victor Moses’ first-half opener.

• Basel eliminated Tottenham in last season’s Europa League quarter-finals, prevailing 4-1 on spot kicks after two 2-2 draws, but have never won in England.

• Mourinho, who has lifted the trophy with both Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010) and is bidding to become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different teams, is also defending an unbeaten matchday one record in his 11th consecutive Champions League campaign.

• Chelsea are unbeaten in 13 European fixtures at Stamford Bridge (W11 D2) since a 1-0 reverse against Manchester United in the 2010-11 Champions League quarter-finals.

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