Eden Hazard: This is what’s changed at Chelsea this season

Eden Hazard discusses Chelsea's strong start to the season under new boss Antonio Conte

Eden Hazard believes that Chelsea are reaping the rewards of not having the distraction of European football this season.

The Blues beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday afternoon to move top of the Premier League table for the first time since they last won the title in the 2014-15 season.

Antonio Conte’s men have been in fine form in recent weeks and have looked incredibly impressive since a switch to a formation with three at the back.

Conte’s side also have the luxury of having more free time to prepare for their Premier League games with the absence of European football this term.

And Hazard believes that it is having an effect on how Chelsea have started the season.

Speaking in an interview with Chelsea’s website, Hazard said: “It’s the first time I am not playing in the Champions League or the Europa League.

“I prefer to play all the time because I like football, and I want to play, play, play, and be on the pitch, but for the body and for the freshness sometimes it’s good to rest and be completely ready for the next game.

“Now we can train the whole week getting ready for the weekend game and we have time to adapt. We know everything when we start the game because the manager has shown us some clips, and so we know what to do, and then we try and do it.”

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Chelsea now turn their attentions towards their crunch Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues finished 10th and without a trophy last season.

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