Hazard: Champions League has affected Chelsea's Prem title defence

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The Blues take on West Brom - the team that provided the opposition in the final league games of Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo's respective Chelsea tenures - on Monday, before an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Hull City and the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against a formidable Barcelona side.

League leaders Manchester City welcome Claude Puel's Leicester City side but wantaway Foxes star Riyad Mahrez won't feature as he remains on strike after failing to get his January move to the Etihad.

Chelsea is also without two of its key players from last season, Diego Costa having returned to Atletico Madrid and Nemanja Matic being sold to Manchester United, while club icon John Terry departed.

Managing that schedule could, however, prove tricky, with Hazard conceding that Chelsea found the going easier last season as they were free of European commitments.

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"There's nothing impossible in the English Premier League, we still have our chance to compete for the title", Elneny told beIN SPORTS. "It's hard to win every year".

"We changed a couple of things, we lost players, we brought some new ones and every year is different", said Hazard, who was speaking at a Nike event in London to mark the 20th anniversary of Nike's Mercurial football boot. "Every week there are three games".

The Italian coach is facing a fresh wave of speculation surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge following a return of one win in 2018 so far. "You never know what's going to happen, especially in England".

"What is happening is that we won last season and now people want us to win again", the Belgium worldwide said in an interview with Marca.

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