Eden Hazard has warned Liverpool FC that Chelsea will be fully recovered for their clash at Anfield on Saturday evening.
The defending Premier League champions were 4-0 winners against Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag in Baku on Wednesday evening thanks to goals from Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Willian.
The Chelsea squad made a 16-hour return flight to Baku and back to London before preparing for the trip to their bitter top-six rivals Liverpool this weekend.
Antonio Conte’s side have won their last four Premier League games thanks to victories over Watford, Manchester United, Bournemouth and West Brom over the past month or so.
Liverpool had the benefit of an addition 24 hours rest and a shorter trip in Europe following a 3-3 draw with La Liga outfit Sevilla in a dramatic Champions League game.
The Reds will be hoping that Chelsea suffer a Champions League hangover at Anfield on Saturday evening as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to secure a fourth successive win.
Hazard warned Liverpool that the Chelsea squad will be fresh for the Premier League clash on Merseyside.
“It was a long trip, we were back in London at 3 or 4 in the morning, and we are playing on Saturday so the time between the two games is very short,” Hazard told Chelsea’s website.
“But we need to adapt. We didn’t adapt well against Man City so we need to do better tomorrow for sure.
“A couple of players didn’t play on Wednesday. I played only 60 minutes, N’Golo also came off. We can be fresh tomorrow even if the game is close. We are professionals and we can deal with this. We will do everything to recover.”
Hazard has scored four goals in his last four games in the Premier League to find his best form after his return from a broken ankle in September.
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