Eden Hazard claims Premier League rivals want to 'kill' Chelsea

Eden Hazard of Chelsea reacts
Image: Eden Hazard has endured a frustrating start to the season

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has claimed the Blues are finding life tough as Premier League champions because 'everyone wants to kill you'.

Jose Mourinho's side are already eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City after picking up just four points from their first four games.

They have been beaten 3-0 at Manchester City and went down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in their last match before the international break which was only the second defeat for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in 100 league games.

It's difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you.
Eden Hazard

Hazard, the recipient of numerous awards as Chelsea's star last term, is one of a number of players yet to hit the same performance levels so far this season, much to Mourinho's dissatisfaction.

The Belgium international told fashion website HypeBeast.com: "It's difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you.

"We wear the gold badge and... yeah, it's very good. We had a fantastic season last season... if we could do the same this season we'd be good."

Mourinho labelled Hazard one of the three best players in the world last term, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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Hazard added: "Every day I try to reach a better level. This is my job, every day I try to score. Every game I try to score.

"I just want to be champion. I just want to be a champion and win everything like I did last season."

Striker Diego Costa has also struggled to make his mark for Chelsea so far this season and has scored only once, in the 3-2 victory at West Brom.

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Image: Diego Costa finds the net against West Brom

After Spain's win in Macedonia on Tuesday, Costa said on as.com: "I've got a lot to improve and I've got to start scoring goals.

"There will be no lack of effort on my part. I'll keep working hard at my club to improve."

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