Although he insists there is still more work to be done, Eden Hazard admits he and his Chelsea team-mates are close to winning the league title.
A late Cesc Fabregas goal gave a jaded-looking Blues a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon, a result which restores their seven-point lead over Arsenal who have also played a match more. This means Jose Mourinho’s side need to collect just 11 points from their remaining seven games, meaning they could secure the crown against Crystal Palace on 3 May.
Of course, as we have seen in the Premier League over the years, it would be foolish for the Stamford Bridge club to begin planning their celebrations just yet. However, following the win at Loftus Road, in which Hazard did brilliantly to create the winning goal, the Belgian international admits he and his team are edging closer to wrapping up a first league title since 2010.
“We’re almost ready to start celebrating the title,” he told Canal Plus. “In the Premier League we know well that it is always difficult with a lot of points ahead. We have two important games coming up against Arsenal and Manchester United. If we win one of those two that would be OK. We are close to reclaiming the title, but it is not finished yet – there is more work to do.”
Chelsea take on United in the capital next week, a match in which the visitors may well fancy their chances having won their last six matches. And then Mourinho’s side travel to Arsenal, who have won their last eight, before they play their game in hand at bottom-club Leicester City. Then it is Palace and Liverpool at home, West Bromwich Albion away and, finally, the visit of Sunderland.