Hazard sees stronger Chelsea with Fabregas and Costa

Eden Hazard feels this year’s Chelsea team is stronger than that of a year ago and he is under less pressure to perform with the arrivals of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, Sky Sports has reported.

Jose Mourinho added Spain internationals Fabregas from Barcelona and Costa from Atletico Madrid over the summer and Chelsea have so far this season picked up nine points from a possible nine, scoring 11 league goals in the process.

Hazard put the credit for the season’s early form at Fabregas’ feet, citing the former Arsenal captain as the team’s creative inspiration and labelling Costa as the striker the team needed in the 2013-14 campaign.

“It’s true they’re the best players. Costa can score every game and Cesc is one of the best midfielders in the world,” the Belgium international said. “Cesc can score as well and make good assists, just like the first game against Burnley where he made a beautiful pass for Andre Schurrle. It’s very important for the team and he can help us win.

“Last season I scored a lot of goals and maybe this season I can make a lot more passes forward because Costa is one of the best and he can score,” he continued. “It’s my job to score but it’s also my job to make assists as well.

“I can now concentrate on assists. I’m ready to be better than last season. When I’m on the pitch, I try to give my best. The new players have settled in very good. I enjoy playing with the best players in the squad and I’m very happy.”

Hazard last year scored 17 goals in 49 games in all competitions as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and reached the latter stages of the Champions League. Costa, by comparison, netted 36 times in 52 appearances, helping Atletico win the Spanish title and reach the Champions League final – knocking out Chelsea in the semi-finals.

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