Hazard shines as Chelsea continue march towards title
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 22:05
Former Italy boss Conte insisted he relishes the intense pressure surrounding Chelsea's tilt for the title - and even admitted he would crank up the heat on his players himself if necessary. Here are our five talking points for Match-week 32.
So up stepped Alonso to restore Chelsea's two-goal cushion. The number of times they change the play, he is out there all the time.
The result meant Chelsea arrived to the Vitality Stadium for their game with Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side, which began at 5.30pm, knowing that defeat would hand Tottenham hope in the race for the Premier League title.
Don't forget that last season they played for the title and we were tenth, so they are a really good team.
MF Victor Moses, 8 - Underlined his importance to Chelsea with a compelling performance at right-wing-back.
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And his fifth goal, which came during Saturday afternoon's 3-1 win over Bournemouth, was an example of how to take the flawless free kick.
Son Heung-min scored twice in Spurs' 4-0 thrashing of Watford before the Chelsea success at Dean Court.
Moses has played league matches this season and has scored three goals.
Josh King got on the scoreboard for the Cherries but it was pur consolation. He played a good game and fought a lot and fought for the team. United were lucky to grab a point at home to Everton in mid-week when Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to the lineup and calmly converted a 94th minute penalty, denying Everton three points. 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.
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Fraser hit a low shot just wide as Bournemouth looked for an equaliser early in the second half, but Costa missed two good chances to restore Chelsea's two-goal advantage.
"I don't smell the victory, because there are seven games to go", Conte said in an interview after the game.
Diego Costa has been in a scoreless run of the last four games in the Premier League.
The Spain global has never gone four games without scoring a goal in the EPL, but Conte still sees the striker as an important part of the team.
"They have a couple of hard games coming up".
Real Madrid have already held initial talks with the player's representatives and could push harder in the summer should Hazard give the indication that he is ready for a transfer.
Liverpool will be looking to recover when they travel to Stoke, after dropping points to Bournemouth in mid-week. They are the fourth worst defensive side in the league.
Southampton edged out West Brom to win 1-0 in a midtable clash at the Hawthorns.
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