Chelsea’s Eden Hazard says they need to adapt quick after their Champions League trip to make sure they put in a good performance against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Blues beat Qarabag 4-0 in Baku on Wednesday night to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, but landed at Gatwick at 3am on Thursday following a near 2,500-mile flight.
Head coach Antonio Conte has complained that this is the second time this season his side have had to play on a Saturday following a Wednesday night game away in the Champions League.
Chelsea won at Atletico Madrid in September, but then lost 1-0 to Manchester City, who lead the Blues by nine points ahead of Saturday’s trip to Anfield.
“The time between the two games is very short,” Hazard said. “We need to adapt and we didn’t adapt well against Manchester City, so we need to do better on Saturday.
“I want to be feeling good. A lot of players didn’t play, I played only 60 minutes and N’Golo (Kante) also came off so we can be fresh on Saturday, even if the game is close.
“We are professional, we can deal with this. We will do everything, we will do recovery and we will see on Saturday.”
Hazard suffered a broken ankle in June and was unavailable for Chelsea until September.
The Belgium playmaker has six goals in seven games, including two at West Brom last Saturday and a penalty in the win in Azerbaijan.
“I am feeling good, 100 per cent,” Hazard added. “After an injury sometimes you are feeling not 100 per cent, but I am ready to play every game and of course when you are winning games it helps.
“Confidence is high, everything is in our hands to win games. We just want to keep playing like this and win games.”