Chelsea star Eden Hazard says that the team is looking for a fresh start under new manager Antonio Conte and get back to the form they showed two seasons ago when they won the title.
The Blues had a disappointing title defense last season, finishing in 10th place, the worst ever finish for a Premier League champion.
“Everybody needs to be the same player as two years ago,” Hazard told Sky Sports. “We tried to find a lot of excuses for why we didn’t play well last season, but we don’t know why. Maybe some players were tired, but we need to be focused and train hard to be ready.
“It’s a fresh start. We have one objective together, to do better than last season. We try to forget last season and be ready for the future.”
Hazard also said that not playing in the Champions League or the Europa League could be beneficial as they will have plenty of time to rest in between matches.
“It’s the first time since I came here I will not be playing Champions League or Europa League,” Hazard said. “For us it’s new, but we need to adapt, one game for one week, and we will see how we can do.
“We have a lot of rest in the week. For recovery it’s very good, sometimes in the Champions League you travel far and come back late. Sometimes it’s difficult. Now we just have one game and we need to concentrate on this game.”