Hazard urges Blues to regain focus in title race
Eden Hazard hopes Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea can make amends for the loss at Aston Villa in Saturday's London derby with fellow title hopefuls Arsenal.
The Blues responded to the controversial Villa Park defeat with a 2-0 victory over Galatasaray on Tuesday night which secured the 2012 Champions League winners a 3-1 last-16 aggregate win and a place in the quarter-final draw.
Immediate attention returns to the Premier League and Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game as Arsenal boss, against his nemesis Jose Mourinho.
The Frenchman, branded a "specialist in failure" by Mourinho last month, has never beaten the Portuguese in 10 meetings, a streak Hazard hopes will continue at Stamford Bridge.
"The Champions League and the Premier League are both magnificent competitions," Hazard said.
"The Champions League is rare because you play less often but the Premier League is so important to us and we know how important it is for the fans too.
"The game against Arsenal comes at an important moment because it follows a league defeat. We are going to do our best in front of our own supporters in what is a big derby game. There is no better one to win."
Once again this season, Hazard was the outstanding performer on a night when Stamford Bridge joined in unison to hail Didier Drogba, who returned with Galatasaray after scoring 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues, including the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup final win in Munich. Hazard is swiftly inheriting the title of Chelsea's attacking talisman which once belonged to Drogba, who is now 36.
"As I said to him after the game finished, it was a pleasure to play against him," the Belgium playmaker added. "He is still one of the best strikers in the world. It is true that he is no longer young but that's how we young players learn – by meeting people like him.
"I have nothing but respect for what he has done and what he is still doing."
Bar a pre-match presentation to him from Chelsea and hitting the banner bearing his name in the stands with a wayward free-kick, Drogba was largely anonymous in a Galatasaray performance labelled disappointing by manager Roberto Mancini.
* Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after going on to the pitch during the defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy after going on to the pitch following a red card being shown to his player Ramires.