Eden Hazard is so confident in Chelsea’s form this season that he believes opposing teams accept defeat before they even step onto the pitch.
The Belgian playmaker is referring to the threat the Blues have posed at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s team have lost just once at home this season and that was a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on September 16.
In their last 11 fixtures in all competitions at the Bridge, Chelsea have won all of them – the most recent being a 3-1 triumph over Arsenal.
The West London team have looked like a completely different team compared to last season when they picked up just five victories at home in the Premier League.
Everything is running smoothly for Hazard and his teammates at the moment as they have a comfortable eight-point lead at the top of the table.
Conte’s men have the third-best attack in the division on 52 goals, two fewer than Arsenal and Liverpool, but they have the best defensive record having conceded 18 goals in 25 matches and kept 14 clean sheets.
Hazard believes that opponents arrive at Stamford Bridge with plenty of fear, suggesting that Chelsea have won the psychological battle before the game begins.
In an interview with the London Evening Standard the Belgian said:
“It’s difficult for the opponent to come here and win games. Do I get that feeling that some teams are beaten before kick-off? Yes. We are playing better than last season.
“It’s a little like two years ago when we won the League. I remember the second part of the season back then: sometimes the team didn’t play well, but we always scored at least one goal and Thibaut Courtois would make at least one good save, like against Arsenal. We are in full confidence here on this pitch. You know the fans bring everything, they support us.”