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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has demanded that his teammates stop the over-reliance on Eden Hazard.

He urged them to step up so that the pressure on Eden Hazard is minimized.

Hazard was yet again instrumental as he scored the only goal for Chelsea in a 1 all draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last weekend.

However, the German defender believes that the team is becoming increasingly reliant on the Belgian.

Aside from Hazard, the Chelsea squad have just 10 goals between them thus far in the ongoing season with the strikers contributing just one.

Rudiger stated in a chat with Standard Sport: “We need to learn to kill matches. It’s not only on Eden’s shoulders. We need the other players to help him with scoring.

“He has been doing his job very well again, but the other guys must score too – Giroud, Morata, Willian have to score. As a team all of us have to provide more goals, the defenders as well.

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“At the end of the day the best scorers are Hazard and Pedro, but with the quality of players we have on the pitch, it’s (the lack of goals from elsewhere) not too good.”

Regardless of the team’s seeming inconsistencies in attack, the Blues are still unbeaten in all competitions.

They sit just 2 points behind league leaders Manchester City on the Premier League log.

When asked if he felt the Blues had adapted to Sarri’s system ahead of time, he said:

“Yes. We are going in the right direction. There is space to improve but I think we are doing well.

“We played against a top opponent in Liverpool on Saturday but we did quite well. It was disappointing to concede late on, but it was a fair result because they had chances as did we. It was an incredible goal by (Daniel) Sturridge to level the scores but we couldn’t do much about that.

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“It’s still early days. Of course not everything was going to be perfect after the new manager arrived. But it looks good. We are on the right path to get to where we want to be.”

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