Eden Hazard still can’t explain why he started the season poorly, but a conversation with Jose Mourinho has helped him out of his slump for Chelsea.
Chelsea recorded just a fourth win from 13 Premier League games against Norwich City on Saturday as Diego Costa’s goal secured a 1-0 success at Stamford Bridge which moved the Blues above their opponents to 15th in the table.
Hazard is among the players to have struggled for form this season and is at a loss to explain exactly why.
“I didn’t start the season well. I tried to find out why, but I don’t know,” the Belgium forward said.
“Sometimes you don’t know. You have to keep going. I gave everything in training, on the pitch when I played.
“I hope I can get a lot of form and try to help the team win games.”
Hazard has improved of late and thrived against Norwich as the central playmaker, rather than in his more usual left-wing role.
He had spoken to Mourinho about playing in the number 10 position prior to the end of Chelsea’s League Cup defence at Stoke City, when Hazard missed the decisive penalty in a shootout.
“I said to him: ‘Maybe we have to try to change something. If I can play number 10?’ And we try,” Hazard added.
“I played a very good game in the (League) Cup in Stoke. And, (against Norwich), it was the same.
“I just want to be on the pitch. And if I play number 10 or on the flanks it’s not a problem.”
The discussion is something which shows their relationship is good, contrary to rumours suggesting Hazard was angling for a move to Real Madrid, a subject which was off the agenda.
“I heard a lot of things about this, but no, everything is good with him,” Hazard added.
“I don’t have a problem with him. He is the best manager. He is the best manager for Chelsea and we hope we can win a lot of trophies together.
“Maybe not this season because it will be difficult, but next season and on.”
Chelsea hope to build on the win, firstly at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday, while games with Tottenham, Bournemouth, Porto, Leicester, Sunderland, Watford and Manchester United lie in wait before the end of 2015.
Hazard said: “We want to keep going like this and we want to finish in the end in the top four.”