By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Eden Hazard has admitted that he is experiencing the worst form of his entire career.
The Chelsea winger has followed his manager Jose Mourinho by admitting that he has never known a spell as poor as the current one.
Hazard has not only failed to score in 11 appearances for the club this season but he has provided just two assists for his team-mates and been a shadow of the footballer who was last season’s double-winning Player of the Year.
Speaking while on international duty, the 24-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012, said: “This is the first time in my career that I have had such a difficult spell like this. I can’t really explain it. [But] I am an optimist and I know I can learn a lot from tough spells.
“At Chelsea we have concerns both as a team and individually. We all thought our recent win against Arsenal would give us lift-off – but instead we fell straight back into our bad ways. All I know is that I will need to work hard in order to bounce back.”
Like colleague Diego Costa, Hazard has total faith in Mourinho’s ability to over-turn the team’s slide.
Chelsea are 16th in the Premier League after losing four of their eight matches in the competition this season.
“Mourinho is the best coach in the world when it comes to dealing with pressure. I am not too worried for him,” said Hazard.