Reflecting on our 1-0 defeat against Everton, Eden Hazard joined his manager in believing the result would have been different had chances been taken in the first half at Goodison Park.

Steven Naismith scored the only goal of the game right on the stroke of half-time, heading past Petr Cech from close range, and though Chelsea continued to press after the break, we were unable to breach a resolute Everton defence.

Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic all had opportunities to break the deadlock prior to Naismith’s strike, but once we fell behind, as Hazard explained, it became tough.

‘It was a good match, we tried to do our best and if we’d scored in the first half it would have been a different game,’ he said.

‘We started very well and we had three or four chances. We didn’t score but we continued to try to score, and after Everton did, playing away it becomes very difficult.’

The defeat was our first in the Barclays Premier League this season, but with the opening match of our European campaign only a matter of days away there is no time to dwell on the disappointment.

‘We have another game on Wednesday in the Champions League and we need to win because Chelsea is a big club and if we lose two games it’s very bad for us,’ said Hazard. ‘We need to work in training to help us win that game.’

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