10 days to Premier League season: Eden Hazard the key for a Chelsea revival

Today's countdown takes a look at Chelsea, with 10 days left until Premier League season kicks off.

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The National's sports team is counting down the days until defending champions Leicester City take on newly promoted Hull City in the opening fixture of the 2016/17 English Premier League season by looking at one team a day. Today, Chelsea.


A new manager, two signature signings, renewed optimism after a pitiful defence of their Premier League title in 2015/16, but Chelsea’s ambitions this season seem to rest entirely on whether Eden Hazard can be the tour de force he was in the 2014/15 championship season.

The Belgian winger came alive for the final two games of last season, delivered arguably the best individual performance of Euro 2016 in the 3-0 win against Hungary, but failed to make any sort of mark as they crashed out to Wales at the quarter-finals.

Can Hazard elevate himself to the levels of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?



• Hull City: Promoted club had unstable summer

• Middlesbrough: Hopes lie largely in Spaniards

• Burnley: Third time the charm?

• Sunderland: Moyes the make or break factor in survival hopes

• Bournemouth: Well placed to avoid 'second season syndrome'

• Crystal Palace: Time to deliver on all that talent

• West Bromwich Albion: Another season of mid-table mediocrity

• Watford: Early fixtures will set the tone – for better or worse

• Swansea City: Swans need a striker, and stability

• Everton: In good hands with Koeman

Still to come

• Tomorrow: Stoke City

• Friday, Aug 5: Liverpool

• Saturday, Aug 6: West Ham United

• Sunday, Aug 7: Southampton

• Monday, Aug 8: Manchester United

• Tuesday, Aug 9: Manchester City

• Wednesday, Aug 10: Tottenham

• Thursday, Aug 11: Arsenal

• Friday, Aug 12: Leicester City

• Saturday, Aug 13: Premier League season begins


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