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Chelsea must move on from defeat, says Hazard

Hazard is the club's top scorer this season. (©GettyImages)
Hazard is the club's top scorer this season. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has encouraged his teammates to forget about their defeat to Stoke and focus on working hard in the future.

The Belgian winger was part of the team that fell victim to a late Oussama Assaidi winner, despite having taken the lead early in the first half.

Jose Mourinho's side had gone ahead in the 9th minute through Andre Schurrle, but goals from Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland found them trailing until Schurrle doubled his, and Chelsea's tally.

The Blues, unsurprisingly pressed for a winner but Assaidi, on loan from Liverpool, stunned the visitors with a superb last minute equaliser.

Despite the disappointment, Hazard has urged his teammates not to dwell on the defeat, he told ChelseaFC.com: "Now we try to forget this game and give the maximum in training for the next games, and try to take three points at home in our next league game.

"A defeat is a defeat and if we forget that then we concentrate for the future."

Having conceded three goals from corners in their last two games, Hazard was asked about Chelsea's ability to defend set pieces but he refused to pinpoint the blame on any indiviuals, telling the club's official website: "It is collective I think, not one player particularly, I think all players must be concentrated and try to give their best."

The defeat leaves Chelsea in third place in the table, behind unexpected leaders Arsenal and Brendan Rodgers' impressive Liverpool side but Hazard was pleased with his side's first half efforts, he said: "'I thought the first half against Stoke was very good, we scored first and after we conceded a goal from a corner again, we tried to win the game. "

Teammate John Obi Mikel, also speaking to ChelseaFC.com, has also encouraged Mourinho's team to focus on the future, highlighting their European ambitions as the next target, having paid the price for pushing for the win against Stoke.

Mikel said: "We were pushing to get the winner but then we left a little space, there
was a counter attack and Stoke scored, and it was a good goal.

"Now we want to top our Champions League group. We want to play well and hopefully we will win the game on Wednesday."

The Blues have already qualified from their group, but finishing in top spot would see them paired with a second-placed team in the knock-out round of 16.

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