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Hazard: Better teams than us in Champions League

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Eden Hazard believes Chelsea will find it difficult to win the Champions League this season, and feels the Premier League is a more realistic target for Jose Mourinho's men.

Hazard has been one of the standout players this season after moving to 14 goals for the campaign, and continued his impressive form by scoring a hat-trick in the 3-0 victory over Newcastle, a result which fired Chelsea to the top of the Premier League above Arsenal. They also began the week with a 1-0 win against Manchester City at the Etihad.

But Hazard, who signed for Chelsea in 2012 for around £32 million, feels Europe's premier club competition is out of their reach, despite the side defying all the odds to win the competition two years ago.

"I don't think the Champions League is for us this year, because there are better teams than us. The Premier League, we'll see. If we play every game like we did at [Manchester] City, we'll be champions. I'm not going to do anything by myself though. If we manage to win titles, it'll be thanks to the team," Hazard told L'Equipe.

Chelsea are set to face Galatasaray in the last 16 of the Champions League, and are primed for a reunion with former striker and fans' favourite Didier Drogba, as well as ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

Hazard has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but he insists his future is at Chelsea.

"There was never a question of leaving Chelsea. I feel good at this club, and I still have a lot of things to do here," Hazard said.

"I'm flattered to read that PSG are interested in me. But that doesn't worry me. I am certain of what I have in mind, where I'm going. No-one will change my mind. The objective is to be the best with Chelsea."

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