Thursday 8 December 2016

Premier League is a three-horse race - Eden Hazard

Jack Austin

Published 28/11/2016 | 08:56

Chelsea's Victor Moses celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates
Chelsea's Victor Moses celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

Eden Hazard appears to have ruled Arsenal out of the title race after claiming Chelsea will win the Premier League if they finish above Manchester City and Liverpool.

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Chelsea retained their position as league leaders over the weekend after they came from one goal behind, the first goal they’ve conceded in seven games, to hand Tottenham their first defeat of the season in a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro and Victor Moses got the goals on Saturday evening to give the Blues their seventh successive victory, and keep Antonio Conte’s side one point clear of Liverpool and Manchester City, who are in second and third place respectively.

Arsenal are a further two points back in fourth place but Arsene Wenger’s team have only lost once this season, on the opening day against Liverpool.

But Hazard seemingly doesn’t see the Gunners as too much of a threat, despite losing convincingly 3-0 at the Emirates at the end of September.

"Man City and Liverpool. They are both good,” Hazard said when asked who Chelsea’s main challengers are. “If we want to be there at the end, then we have to finish above them.”

Liverpool managed to break down a stubborn Sunderland defence at Anfield to win 2-0 but were dealt the blow of losing Philippe Coutinho for potentially a long time, while City rallied to a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Burnley.

City have the midweek distraction of the Champions League whereas Chelsea and Liverpool do not and Hazard believes the extra recovery time is giving the Blues a huge boost in the hunt for the title.

"We have one week to prepare for the game and at the end of the week, we know what to do when we play," the 25-year-old Belgian international added.

"Last year, we were just doing recovery so we weren't always ready for the game but that's not the case now. We're concentrating on the opposition during the week and give everything.

"We do lots of tactical work and video work, it depends who we're playing. We do everything to be prepared."

(© Independent News Service)

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