Eden Hazard
Hazard relishing return to Premier League battle with Chelsea Getty


  • The 25-year-old scored in the 8-1 thrashing of Estonia on Sunday.
  • Chelsea travel to Middlesbrough this weekend.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is looking forward to getting "back to business" with his club after a minor injury scare on international duty with Belgium.

Hazard, 25, captained his country in the 1-1 draw against Netherlands last Wednesday (9 November) and found the back of the net in the 8-1 demolition of Estonia on Sunday.

Having scored five times in his last four appearances for Chelsea – seven in all so far this season – the former Lille star has rediscovered the form that drove Chelsea to the Premier League title in the 2014-15 season.

Antonio Conte's side are just a point adrift of league leaders Liverpool and Hazard is relishing a return to action with his club, with a trip to Middlesbrough looming on Sunday (20 November).

"Travelling home after a busy international break for @belgianreddevils with my friend @christianbenteke now back to business with @chelseafc," he wrote on his Instagram page.

Hazard caused brief panic for his club when he limped off with just over 15 minutes remaining during the emphatic win over Estonia. He pulled up after 73 minutes, quickly signalling to the bench that he needed to be replaced with Kevin Mirallas coming on to take his place. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez quickly played down injury fears, however, telling reporters after the match the Chelsea star was not carrying a knock but had just received a kick to his calf.

Hazard has put his return to form this season down to the arrival of Conte in west London. The Belgian has been thriving in the Italian's 3-4-3 formation with Marcos Alonso role in the team behind him allowing the freedom he craves in attack.

"Last season was difficult for me. I tried to be the same player that I was two years ago," the Chelsea midfielder confessed, according to The Mirror. "Conte has not changed a lot, it is just that I have a little bit more freedom when we have the ball and without the ball.

"I don't need to defend against the right-back, because Marcos Alonso is there. I just focus on staying in my position. And when I have the ball I have more freedom and I can go where I want to go, and be decisive."