The Chelsea supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week since they watched their side lose 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s side have been struggling to keep pace with the top-four in recent months, and their poor run of results culminated with a season-defining defeat against a clinical Spurs side last weekend. Considering Tottenham had a 5 point advantage over The Blues prior to the match, it was a fixture which they simply had to take all three points from.
Much to the dismay of the Chelsea supporters propping up our bar, they were humbled by the travelling side and they now sit 8-points behind their London-rivals with just 7 fixtures left to overturn their hefty deficit. Realistically speaking, there is no chance that Chelsea will be able to break back into the top-four this season unless Liverpool have an almighty collapse during the final weeks of the season, and that fact could spell bad news for the club for more reasons than one.
The future of Eden Hazard has been a hot topic of conversation throughout the entirety of the season so far, and speculation regarding his future has dominated the British media at times, especially in recent weeks. After 6 years at Stamford Bridge, it would be no surprise if the Belgian wizard is ready to embark on a new challenge away from the club – a feeling which will undoubtedly be intensified by Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Hazard has already won two Premier League titles and a League Cup trophy with the Blues, but the Champions League has eluded him thus far. For every top player, winning Europe’s most prestigious cup competition is the ultimate aim, and with time running out for Hazard to achieve that goal there’s no doubt that he will be strongly considering a move away from the club this summer.
During his esteemed Chelsea career, Hazard has managed to score 87 goals and provide 73 assists from 291 appearances, so he should forever be regarded as a club legend, but unfortunately for the Blues faithful all good things must come to an end, and their club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League will certainly spell the end of his career in West London.
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