Ah, just five games into the Premier League season and the mind games have already started.
Hazard adds an extra dimension to the Chelsea attack, and will help take some of the pressure of Alvaro Morata.
"He renewed his contract for Chelsea for many years. He is fit and he is available for the Stoke game", he explained. This is the first of three tough games in seven games.
The Belgian missed the start of the season with an ankle injury sustained on global duty at the beginning of the summer, but made his first league appearance as a second-half substitute against Arsenal last week, and was immediately Chelsea's most unsafe player.
Chelsea will be without centre-back David Luiz who is suspended after being sent off against Arsenal, although the Brazilian's return will not be further delayed by the wrist fracture he picked up in that game.
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Hughes must also find a way to galvanise his side after two disappointing away defeats, at Newcastle United last weekend, then at Bristol City in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Manchester United have a fantastic chance to continue their excellent start to the season as they travel to Saint Mary's to face a Southampton side still gelling under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.
"He renewed his contract with Chelsea for many years - a long contract - and this shows that we trust him".
"Obviously if you have three or four injuries in the same position you haven't got depth". For every single coach and player the past stays there and we have to look for the present and the future. "Beat Arsenal drew with Manchester United and we've got to get back to that level of performance to do anything against Chelsea".