Friday, 14th September, 2012
Eden Hazard has insisted that Chelsea must aim to win the Champions League every season, despite well understanding how hard that challenge will be.
The 2012/13 Champions League kicks off next week with Chelsea the defending champions after their remarkable victory over Bayern Munich in May.
Roberto Di Matteo’s men get their defence off with to mouthwatering start with a home match against Italian champions Juventus.
Hazard, who landed at Stamford Bridge in the summer having watched Chelsea win the Champions League from northern France, where he was playing for Lille, believes that defending the title must be the Blues’ priority.
"It will be difficult because now everyone sees Chelsea as the team to beat", the Belgian forward told UEFA Champions Magazine.
"But the goal is to win the Champions League every year", he added, before admitting "of course, we know how difficult it is just to win it twice in a row."
Hazard also believes that, having played in the competition last season with Lille, making six appearances, that he will be better prepared for the demands of Europe’s premier club competition than last year.
"It is a competition that everyone dreams of playing in.
"At this level, every detail counts.
"It was a good experience [with Lille]. Hopefully I’ll do better."