Eden Hazard backed himself to score against Bournemouth

Chelsea are closing in on the title and Conte insisted his side will travel to Old Trafford planning to gather all three points, particularly as second-placed Tottenham host Bournemouth before in the weekend and may cut the deficit to four points with success.

Eden Hazard says Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth proved the Premier League leaders won't crack under the stress of the title race. We all know where we are going, we are all going in the same direction, and that's very important. "Now is one step closer to the title and we have seven games left", Hazard said.

"No team in the world wins only the very, very good games".

The Englishman also outlined the forecast for the rest of his team's season, assuring fans they would continue to fight and win games, despite an apparent lack of incentive in terms of league positioning to do so.

The Spain worldwide has never before gone four Premier League games without a goal, but Conte highlighted the overall contribution of the striker, who has 17 league goals to his name this season.

However, Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last nine league games, and Alonso put that down partly to sides figuring out ways to get past the 3-4-3 formation that has served his team so well.

"I think Manchester United for sure will have good motivation because they are playing against Chelsea. It's important to understand this", he added. Instead we won both games.

"I'm happy for his performance", said Conte.

"I think that every coach's real function is not only to win but to improve the players".

Adam Smith was unfortunate to deflect Diego Costa's shot into his own net after 17 minutes and Chelsea capitalised on that slice of luck with a quickfire second strike. The Italian knows his way around a run-in and will have delighted Chelsea by brushing aside rumours that he might decamp back to Serie A this summer.

Eddie Howe's assessment of Bournemouth's defeat had ominous overtones for teams hoping for a Chelsea slip-up. Jack Wilshere's throughball sent Fraser one on one with Luiz after 15 minutes, but the winger wasted the chance by shooting wide and Chelsea took full advantage by scoring a scrappy opening goal moments later.

"We could have scored many more goals".

"It was a good goal, I like to score against them".

  • Julie Sanders