Eden Hazard insists there is more to come after his sparkling
Premier League debut -- but is adamant he has no concerns about
handling the physical nature of English football.
The Chelsea playmaker, 21, wasted no time making his mark
following his Â£32 million summer move from Lille, setting up two
goals inside seven minutes of his side's league opener at Wigan.
Hazard's contribution ensured Roberto Di Matteo's side got off to
a winning start and they will attempt to build on that success
when Reading visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
His eye-catching efforts also made him the target for some heavy
challenges, but the Belgium international was quick to dismiss
the attention he received.
He said: "I already had a taste of these kind of tackles in the
"I was kicked quite a bit in the first half against Wigan but, in
France, it was already like that for me.
"I wasn't aware I was the most fouled player in the match, I
wasn't counting them."
Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar are expected to contest the positions
in support of the main striker Fernando Torres and the Belgian
believes it will take time to properly bed in.
He added: "There are still a lot of things I can do better. I
lost a lot of balls in the second half, but I contributed what
was asked of me. I was asked to be decisive and I was, with the
penalty and an assist."
"I started as the number 10 and then afterwards with Mata, we
tried to interchange positions rather than stay in the same place
and I think we worked rather well.
"Oscar has just arrived and we haven't had the time to work
together. We have only had one training session so far but,
little by little, we should get things to where they should be."
Drawing the best from his new players is one of the challenges
confronting Di Matteo but defender Branislav Ivanovic is
convinced the arrival of the new players can boost the club's
The Serbia international said: "Do the new players excite
everyone? Yes, of course.
"You have to have a big and good enough squad and that is what we
"The new players are great. During the pre-season, they have
shown they have fantastic quality and we have changed a lot as a
team because all of them are so creative.
"They have given us the pace we needed. They are great players
and every team needs this kind of quality."
Oscar could make his full debut following his substitute
appearance at Wigan while fellow Brazilian Ramires comes back
into contention after illness.
Chelsea will be expected to maintain their 100 percent start
against newly promoted Reading who started the campaign with a
home draw against Stoke City on the opening day.
Brian McDermott's side emerged as the surprise winners of the
Championship last season and, after finding their feet against
Stoke, keeper Adam Federici insists they won't be overawed by the
prospect of facing the Champions League winners.
He said: "I'm looking forward to the challenge and I am sure all
the other boys will be. I've played against Torres before in a
cup game and he scored a hat-trick, it will be a good test for
"The boys worked extremely hard against Stoke, they are a big
strong team and we matched them in every department. We got the
deserved point and looking back we were a bit unlucky not to get