Eden Hazard has set the cat among the pigeons.
Following Chelsea’s seventh-straight Premier League win on Saturday against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Belgian winger was asked who the main contenders for the Premier League title are this season.
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Aside from Chelsea, who are top of the Premier League and one point ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City in second and third respectively, he only believes two other teams are capable of finishing above the Blues.
“Man City and Liverpool,” Hazard said. “They are both good. If we want to be there at the end, then we have to finish above them.”
Fans of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United, do you agree with Hazard?
If you do or you don’t, all of this talk certainly adds further fuel to the fire ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Man City this Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola collide.
Hazard, like many of his teammates, has looked refreshed and reinvigorated this season as Conte’s new system of 3-4-3 is working wonders with just one goal conceded in their last seven games and Hazard and Diego Costa firing on all cylinders.
The 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year believes that not having to worry about European action this season is helping Chelsea perform better in the Premier League.
“We have one week to prepare for the game and at the end of the week we know what to do when we play,” Hazard said. “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.”
So, does that factor give Chelsea and Liverpool the edge in the Premier League title race with Man City having to worry about the UCL throughout the second half of the season?
Before we next predict the title winner, we’ll ask Eden…