Thibaut Courtois has warned Chelsea’s players they will have to step up and ease the pressure on Eden Hazard in order to win the title.
The Blues goalkeeper has been relatively pleased with the start of the Antonio Conte era at Stamford Bridge which began with three successive Premier League wins, but then stalled in the past fortnight with a 2-2 draw at Swansea followed by last Friday’s 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool.
Courtois has been delighted with the form of fellow Belgium international Hazard this term following a disappointing 2015-16 campaign when he struggled as the Blues ended up in 10th position.
Hazard has shown more of the form which helped Chelsea win the league and League Cup the previous season but Courtois now feels that the rest of the players must also help the 25-year-old because he can’t win them the title on his own.
He told Standard Sport: “If we are to win the league, we need the best of Eden, as well as the best of Diego Costa, the best Courtois, the best of everybody.
“People shouldn’t forget that Eden is only one year older than me and he has already been playing for a number of years.
“Every season he has played fully and the year we were champions he was there every week, playing his best.
“But I think he had a number of small injuries last season and that makes it hard for anyone to be at their best, especially in the Premier League.
“He relaxed his body, got plenty of rest, and he started to excel again at the end of last season.
“Eden took that into the European Championship with Belgium and has started well with Chelsea now. But if the team is not working, you can’t expect one player to excel on his own.”