Eden Hazard delivers title verdict, talks about Tottenham test after Chelsea win

"For me the most important thing is he is showing great commitment and behaviour during the games and is doing what I want".

Chelsea delivered the flawless response to Tottenham Hotspur by winning 3-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday to restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. They could afford to lose to Manchester United next Sunday and still win the title with a game to spare; they could yet break the club's own Premier League points record of 95, achieved under Jose Mourinho in 2005.

Alonso's free-kick came at a vital time for Chelsea with Bournemouth pushing for a leveller in the second half, but the defender's fifth league goal of the season saw his side home.

"A winning mentality is to face every game with the same concentration, with the same intensity, the same desire to fight if you play against a top team or if you play against a team who are fighting in the relegation zone".

They have provided the platform from which Hazard, who added Chelsea's second at Bournemouth, top-scorer Diego Costa and Spain forward Pedro have flourished.

For periods this was a good Bournemouth performance, especially in the latter stages of the first half when Josh King made it 2-1 and they looked like they could perhaps get back into the game.

"We knew what we were doing, we had a game plan and I think it worked perfectly".

The Chelsea boss has won Serie A as a player and manager with Juventus, so can share his experience with his players.

Eddie Howe and his men are now 13th in the table, after having made an impressive start to the campaign that saw them rise to as high as ninth in the league.

"We started the game very well, with good concentration and focus". If Harry Arter had not missed the penalty against the Saints though, they would have won their first ever game at St. Mary's.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has a few personnel availability concerns to deal with, with as many as six players missing due to suspension and fitness issues, thus hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Chelsea.

Tottenham's 11th consecutive home league win and seventh league victory in which the team has scored at least four goals put Spurs on 68 points. That's very important for us and the team.

According to Antonio Conte in yesterday's press conference Victor Moses could return after a calf injury.

"It's logical that if we and Tottenham continue to win, it will be a race between us". When you have pressure, you give the best of yourself. For this reason, to win the title, we need 18 points.

  • Julie Sanders