The 24-year-old was benched for Chelsea’s Champions League tie with FC Porto earlier in the month and believes it’s only fair that Jose Mourinho leave him out of the starting eleven given the lacklustre form he has displayed.
Last season Hazard was showered with praise and received numerous awards after playing a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph but thus far this season he has proven very ineffective as Mourinho’s men have started the current campaign so poorly, the West London outfit currently sitting in 16th place in the table some ten points off top of the table Man City.
“This is the first time in my career that I have had such a difficult spell like this.
“I can’t really explain it. All I know is that I will need to work hard in order to bounce back. At Chelsea we have concerns both as a team and individually.
“We all thought that our recent win against Arsenal would give us lift-off – but instead we fell straight back into our bad ways.
“I was left on the bench against Porto in the Champions League, and I am no longer immune to being left out. You can be untouchable when you play well, and that has not been the case with me.
“I think the manager wanted to send me a message by making me a sub. I don’t read everything he says, but he explains everything.
“I am not too worried for him – Mourinho is the best coach in the world when it comes to dealing with pressure. I am an optimist, and I know I can learn a lot from tough spells.
“I hope to come back stronger, and I am ready to play and do my best. I see my two games for Belgium this week as a launchpad for my season with Chelsea.
“I am looking forward to the Euro 2016 finals, but will only start thinking about them once the domestic season is over.” Added Hazard.
Hazard netted in Belgium’s 4-1 win over Andorra on Saturday night, a victory that secured a Euro 2016 berth for Marc Wilmots’ side.