Antonio Rüdiger opens up on ‘joke decision’ after Bernard headbutt

Antonio Rüdiger opens up on ‘joke decision’ after Bernard headbutt

"The referee tries to do his job and I try to do mine". It was more a game to be decided by one goal. Hazard opined that it is his age that is gradually setting in, "I'm 27 now and starting to get older, so I have to take more care of my body".

"I am feeling the wear and tear". It is part of the game, I guess.

Everton set up to be compact, with Sigurdsson crucial in eliminating the space for Jorginho - who was perhaps fortunate to escape with just a booking for a high lunge on the Iceland worldwide - to operate, forcing Chelsea into a more direct approach. "Every day, seriously, he was telling me that Chelsea was the best club for me".

Rudiger and Bernard clashed during the final minutes of the match, with both players eventually shown a yellow card.

Hazard has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season, after a summer switch to Real Madrid failed to materialise.

One of the main talking points from the start of this season has been the effect Maurizio Sarri has had on this Chelsea team and how quickly they have adjusted to his style of play.

The Toffees had one of their best chances in recent years to snap their awful streak at Stamford Bridge but will review this as a hard-earned but deserved point during their global break video review.

He added: "It was the plan to miss the Salonika game". Last season, we dropped a lot of points and we were thinking 'Oh! if we [had done this], if we [had done that]' but this doesn't count. But I think I'm in good condition to play. He shrugged off the Italian's touchline reaction.

Pickford was at his best again soon after, making two fantastic stops from a pair of Eden Hazard attempts, although Everton's goalkeeper was beaten when Alonso's strike clipped the post.

Hazard has previously spoken of his daily quandary over his future, whether to extend his Chelsea contract which expires in June 2020, or seek a "dream" move to Real Madrid.

Alvaro Morata had multiple penalty shouts, although he looked to go down easily on a number of occasions.

The Blues will be seeking to extend their unbeaten start under Sarri to 18 competitive games against the Toffees.

Hazard moved to Chelsea FC in a big-money deal from Lille despite interest from Manchester City and Manchester United in the Belgium playmaker. "We want to keep scoring goals and winning".

"Sunday is an important game".

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