Eden Hazard has admitted he hates preseason training, as he and Chelsea get ready for their Premier League title defence.
The Belgium international, who many consider to be the Blues’ star man, has revealed that he is not enjoying his training at the moment because it entails a lot of running and working hard.
Chelsea are currently mid-way through their preseason tour of the United States, but there’s still plenty of work to be done before they’re ready for next season’s kick off.
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By the time August 8 rolls around (when Chelsea open their 2015/16 campaign at home to Swansea City) Jose Mourinho will have no doubt whipped his men into shape, even if players like Hazard are clearly loathing the hard work they have to put in.
"I can’t say I really enjoy training right now," Hazard said, as relayed by the Daily Express (ignore the rather ambitious 'stuns' bit in the headline).
"Because we do a lot of running and work hard, but it’s good to be there and work on your fitness a little bit more than during the season when you do a lot of recovery and technical work."
Indeed it can be presumed with little doubt that Mourinho will be striving to ensure his side are amongst the fittest in the Premier League next season.
Tough season ahead
Not only have a host of their potential title rivals strengthened their squads, but as they’re the reigning champions they can expect virtually everyone to be desperate to claim their scalp.
That said the preparation for the forthcoming campaign appears to be going very well at the moment, with Mourinho having already replaced Petr Cech with experienced stopper Asmir Begovic and busy trying to negotiate a deal for Everton’s John Stones.
The Blues were without doubt the most dominant side in the Premier League last term, surging to the title without looking back.
The likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and even Manchester United will likely be pushing them harder this time around, but with one or two more additions Mourinho might just boast a squad not only formidable domestically but also capable of challenging the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for European honours.
As for Hazard, he’s getting to the stage in his career where he’ll have one eye on potentially fighting for the Ballon d’Or.
If he’s to be a credible threat to either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi then he needs to score more goals on a consistent basis, although he displayed signs last term that he is still improving.
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