Chelsea ace Eden Hazard is expecting a much improved campaign from his side following their disappointing showing last season.
The Blues went into the 2015-16 campaign as defending Premier League champions but could only secure a 10th-place finish after spending most of the campaign in the bottom half.
Belgium international Hazard struggled throughout the campaign, as he did not score his first league goal until the end of April, but he is expecting a much better return this season.
“Everybody needs to be the same player as two years ago,” Hazard told Sky Sports. “We tried to find a lot of excuses for why we didn’t play well last season, but we don’t know why. Maybe some players were tired, but we need to be focused and train hard to be ready.”
New boss Antonio Conte has added N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi to his squad during the summer, while five first-team players have been allowed to leave the club, and Hazard believes the beginning of the campaign marks a fresh start for everyone at Stamford Bridge.
He added: “We have one objective together, to do better than last season. We try to forget last season and be ready for the future.”
Chelsea begin the new season with a home match against London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. They will be hoping to make a much better start to the campaign than they did last term, when they only won three of their opening 12 league matches.
The west Londoners are unbeaten in their last 11 home games against the Hammers and punters may choose to use their free bet to back Conte’s men to continue the run.