‘We Are Playing For Sarri’, Hazards Ahead Of Tottenham Clash
Yemi|Feb. 27, 2019
Eden Hazard has declared that himself and his Chelsea teammates are firmly behind their manager, Maurizio Sarri, who is under pressure after a number of disappointing results that saw the club drop out of top four.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s crunch London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, Hazard played up the importance of a Chelsea win in the match.
“At the moment we have a bit of pressure because the fans want us to be in the top four, but we’re Chelsea and we can deal with the pressure. We will win games and that’s it,” the 28-year-old Belgian said.
“This is a hard game but we can close the gap a bit on Tottenham. We have the potential to be in the top four but we don’t have to think about that. We just have to think game after game and try to win one more game”, he added.
On players not respecting the manager, Hazard explained, “We are all with the manager. I know this month was a bit hard but we need to be together, stay together, if we want to do something at the end of the season.
“We are playing for him [Sarri], the club, the fans and us. It’s not just about the manager. He puts the players on the pitch and then it’s down to the players to take responsibility.
“On Sunday we played a fantastic game, we need to look at that and try to repeat it. Then the manager will be happy.”
Chelsea have played Tottenham on three separate occasions this season, and having been a Chelsea player since 2012, the Belgian is well aware what this particular fixture means to our supporters.
“It’s a derby, a good game, the fans are waiting for this game,” Hazard said. “They lost their last game at Burnley, we lost the final, so now we just want to win.
“I expect a tough game because it’s always hard to play against them. We lost last season at Stamford Bridge after 28 years, so I expect a tough game but with good energy, and let’s hope for a Chelsea win.
“If we can play like we want, like the manager wants, and get a good result, it will be good for the rest of the season.”
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