But with European commitments adding to their domestic duties, Chelsea have struggled to maintain their form from last season, sitting fourth in the Premier League after successive defeats against Bournemouth and Watford.
The defending champions will welcome the Premier League's basement club West Brom to Stamford Bridge next Monday before a trip to Manchester United after the global break. "It is hard to win every year", Hazard said. Past year we didn't have the Champions League.
Former Manchester United striker Rooney, who sealed a return to Everton last summer, is still backing Chelsea FC to secure a Champions League spot despite their poor run of form.
The Premier League champions and LaLiga's leaders meet in one of the most attractive last-16 ties later this month, with Chelsea's star forward poised for his latest chance to shine on the biggest stage.
Arsenal outplayed Tottenham in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium in November but Spurs have every reason to be confident having soundly beaten second-placed Manchester United and drawn 2-2 at Liverpool in their last two games. "I just think Chelsea, Man City, I fancy Liverpool and Man United".
Conte has repeatedly voiced his displeasure at the club's recruitment strategy following the departure of key players in Chelsea's title-winning campaign such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Vidic.
The headline purchases were Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko, but the Spain worldwide has struggled for goals after a promising start to his Blues career and the Frenchman has been inconsistent.
"That's why we love football. I'm pretty sure we can beat them if we play together. You never know what's going to happen, especially in England".
One player who has been a constant for the past 5.5 years has been Eden Hazard.