Eden Hazard had two of the best individual moments in Monday night’s win over West Ham, but after the game, he made sure to pay tribute to the staunch defending of the Chelsea backline (last-minute consolation goal notwithstanding).
"We know they play like this. Andy Carroll is one of the best players in the world with his head but we dealt with it, the defence did very well, Gaz, David and Azpi, so we deserved to win."
Three more points then towards the title, though there’s a fair bit to go yet.
"This season we have all reached a high level, me included. We are happy to play together. Last season was hard but two years ago was a great season. There are similarities with what we did two seasons ago and we want to do the same thing and get the title. But in England it’s never over until it’s over. You never know what’s going to happen. We will all give everything until the end to try to win the league."
Meanwhile, there’s another competition to worry about as well. In the thirteen seasons since Roman Abramovich's takeover in June 2003, Chelsea have won four FA Cup trophies, but none since 2012, shortly before Hazard arrived at the club.
As one of the favorites among the current final eight, Chelsea have a good chance to end that futile half decade-long run. But first, we’ll have to get past Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
"It is one of the targets, the FA Cup. I am five years now with Chelsea and I never won this cup so I want it this year. We know it is a fight against Man United every time but we did well this season when we won 4-0 at home [against them], so we hope we can do the same."
-Eden Hazard; source: Chelsea FC
Hazard’s often accused of lacking that killer, winning mentality, even after leading Chelsea to the title two years ago. Now he has a chance to prove that narrative wrong again and help Conte & Co to The Double, an accomplishment that’s certainly within our capabilities — as long as we keep working hard for it.