Chelsea star Eden Hazard has admitted that his form has been far from good as the Blues struggle to defend their Premier League title.
And the Belgium forward claims Jose Mourinho has been right to leave him out of the side.
Hazard was named Footballer of the Year last season as Chelsea won the Premier League title and the League Cup but he has been a flop this season with the Blues 16th in the table, making it the club’s worst start since 1978.
“This is the first time in my career that I have had such a difficult spell like this,” the Mirror quotes Hazard as saying.
“I can’t really explain it. All I know is that I will need to work hard in order to bounce back. At Chelsea we have concerns both as a team and individually.
“We all thought that our recent win against Arsenal would give us lift-off – but instead we fell straight back into our bad ways.
“I was left on the bench against Porto in the Champions League, and I am no longer immune to being left out. You can be untouchable when you play well, and that has not been the case with me.
“I think the manager wanted to send me a message by making me a sub. I don’t read everything he says, but he explains everything.
“I am not too worried for him – Mourinho is the best coach in the world when it comes to dealing with pressure. I am an optimist, and I know I can learn a lot from tough spells.
“I hope to come back stronger, and I am ready to play and do my best. I see my two games for Belgium this week as a launchpad for my season with Chelsea.
“I am looking forward to the Euro 2016 finals, but will only start thinking about them once the domestic season is over.”