EDEN Hazard says Chelsea must avoid the mistakes they made in the Super Cup against Atletico Madrid if they are to win the Europa League final in Amsterdam.
The Belgian faces the agony of missing out on the show-piece occasion against Benfica after picking up a hamstring strain at Aston Villa on Saturday.
But that will not prevent him from willing his team-mates on from the sidelines to win some silverware for him and he is backing the Blues to put right their failings in Monaco.
“It will maybe be the same kind of game that we had against Atletico at the start of the season. But we lost that one have to make sure we don't make the same errors that we made then,” said Hazard, who has had an outstanding first season in the Premier League.
“We didn't cope with their danger man Falcao that day and what we have to do is manage the occasion better and make sure we are 100 per cent from the moment we step out onto the field.”
Hazard added: “Benfica are a very good side. I know the Portuguese league. It's one that is very technical.
“Physically we are maybe stronger than them, though. We're also lucky to have players with plenty of experience, who have played more than 100 matches in Europe.
“I think we're all a little bit tired because it's been a really long season for the club – and certain players have played much more than others. But we're professionals, we have a good team here who can patch us up and prepare us well for the final.
“Granted, we want it all to be over now because it's been such a long season, but at the same time, they are such great games to play in that we want it to carry on.”
Hazard's sorrow at missing out on the big occasion is tempered by satisfaction at his contribution – and nomination for the PFA player of the year award alongside team-mate Juan Mata.
“I'm happy with the way the season's gone for me,” he said.
“It started well, I've been scoring and I'm having fun in this team. Collectively we might have done a bit better, but we'll keep some trophies back for next season.
“I think I've achieved greater consistency this season. I haven't had as many bad games in the season as I did last year at Lille. You always learn when you play with better players and here I
“'ve got the chance to play every day with players like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Juan Mata. I'm still young and they are exceptional players who teach me something new every day.”