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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Eden Hazard targets Premier League title as Chelsea see off Watford

Eden Hazard, right, has had a lively start to the season having struggled for the majority of last year
Eden Hazard, right, has had a lively start to the season having struggled for the majority of last year

Eden Hazard is once again enjoying his football and the Chelsea man is already targeting another Premier League title.

With Antonio Conte at the helm, the Blues have won their opening two league games of the campaign.

Diego Costa was again the hero of the Chelsea faithful as he slotted home an 87th-minute winner at Watford on Saturday to seal a 2-1 comeback victory.

Etienne Capoue had put the Hornets ahead before substitute Michy Batshuayi was all-but gifted his first Chelsea goal as Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes pushed a Hazard shot straight into his path.

And it was left to Costa to supply the late euphoria, just as he did in the opening weekend win over West Ham, as the Spain international latched onto a wonderful Cesc Fabregas pass to slot home.

Hazard has had a lively start to the season having struggled for the majority of last year, not scoring his first league goals until April having been awarded the PFA Player of the Year in 2015 as Chelsea won the league.

Now he is ready to recreate that sort of form as Conte looks to deliver silverware in his maiden season at Stamford Bridge.

"He's a good manager, he believes in his team and we try to give everything for him. We want to win for the fans too," Hazard told Chelsea TV.

"It's early. We have a good team, there are a lot of good teams in the Premier League and we will see at the end, but of course we want to be the champions.

"The attitude is fantastic, even in training everyone wants to win games. That's why now we are winning. It's just the start of the season but if we want to stay at the top we have to win. Both Manchester teams won, we had to win and we did.

"Two great games, we won two games, I am happy and I want to do my best for this team."

New signing N'Golo Kante again impressed as Chelsea's midfield destroyer and the France international, who won the Premier League with Leicester last season, wants to continue a strong start to this campaign.

"We hope to keep going in this way," he said.

"We know when you come to Watford it will be a difficult game and it was. Watford are a good team but we won and we are happy.

"I am pleased to be a Chelsea player and I am happy with the start. The break (after the Euros) was short but a new challenge has started for me and it's exciting.

"We know the coach has his idea of football and he tries to teach it to us. We try to win all the games like he wants."

Watford will feel aggrieved not to have taken anything from a game in which they matched their visitors for much of the contest.

Walter Mazzarri is still waiting for his first win after a 1-1 draw at Southampton on the opening day was followed up with this galling defeat.

The Italian said he would not be able to sleep after blaming mistakes from his own players for both of Chelsea's goals.

And midfielder Valon Behrami believes while Watford have shown they can hold their own against a big side, there is still room for improvement.

"We did well but the small detail makes the difference in the big games against the big clubs," he said.

"When you lose you deserve to lose, it is something we will earn from, we had the level and showed we can compete with the big teams, we need to work more on those small details.

"We studied well during the week and had advice from our manager so it was easier to defend but we need to improve, we have the quality to improve."

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