Chelsea have improved significantly under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri and extended their fine run of form by beating Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday.
A second-half strike from Alvaro Morata was enough to sink the Hungarian champions and maintains the Blues’ 100% record in the Europa League this season, although it was not as comfortable a result as many would have predicted.
Chelsea turned to Hazard in the second period after struggling to find the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge, introducing a player who has shone this season with seven goals in eight appearances.
Sarri rotated his starting line-up heavily for last night’s clash, making eight changes, but suggestions of a second-string side were denied by Blues defender Antonio Rudiger yesterday as he claimed everyone in the squad is fighting for their spot.
“Everyone has to fight for their place in this team. No one’s place is safe, apart from Hazard. He is safe, I am sure about that! He is an example to the rest of us.
“The key is to go into the on a high and win the two games. After we come back, we have a game against a direct League opponent in Manchester United. That is always a big game and we have to be ready.”
Chelsea returned to winning ways against Vidi last night and are now preparing to tackle Southampton on Sunday.