N’Golo Kante insists Chelsea can’t depend on Eden Hazard always

France international N’Golo Kante has stressed that Chelsea cannot depend on Eden Hazard everytime to get them out of danger. The Belgium international has enjoyed a top season with the Blues where he has already reached double figures in terms of the goal tally but the club have still been far off from challenging for the Premier League title.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Kante admitted that Hazard has been hugely helpful towards the team’s progress this term but there should be performances from other areas of the field in order to ease the burden on the Belgian, he said: “We all know Eden is a fantastic player, he’s helped us a lot during this season and the seasons before. He can make the difference at any time, but we need to count on everyone. We created chances that we missed. It’s a difficult moment but we need to bounce back.”

Chelsea have not been entirely impressive with the striking department during the ongoing campaign and they have managed just six league goals combined from the feet of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. As such, there has been the increased dependence on Hazard, who has bagged nearly twice the tally as the two frontmen and this should pose a concern for the manager.

The west London club recently settled for a frustrating 0-0 draw against Southampton at the Bridge and the game witnessed an average performance from Alvaro Morata, who lacked the precision with the shots on goal. Despite the result, the Blues have remained firmly in the fourth position on the table but they are just three points ahead of Arsenal.

Meanwhile, injuries have further hampered the attack front with Willian recently sustaining a knock against Southampton and the club could face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup this weekend with the Brazilian, Pedro, and Giroud on the sidelines.

Alvaro Morata wary of Lionel Messi threat

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is fearful of the threat from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi ahead of their Champions League round of 16 tie this month. The Blues ended a run of two winless games with a 3-0 triumph over West Bromwich Albion.

In an interview with Movistar, Morata warned his teammates that Messi can’t be stopped on the playing field, and the Blues may have to play a defensive game at Stamford Bridge in order to avoid conceding an away goal which often proves costly in the knockout stage, he said: “Messi can’t be stopped. If we can get a good result here, we have to play a defensive game with spaces and try to bother them as much as possible.”
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