Antonio Conte's debut Chelsea season has been a "masterclass" - Jamie Carragher

Chelsea star Eden Hazard spoke to the club's official website following his side's hugely important 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, and explained why he and two of his teammates have an extra incentive pip Spurs to the Premier League title this season.

However, after snubbing Antonio Conte and going for Pochettino with his Manager of the Season pick, Gary Neville has made a decision to be the odd one out again on this one by going with Manchester City summer signing Leroy Sane.

"I think Manchester United will have good motivation because they are playing against Chelsea and Chelsea is on top of the table and every team wants to beat us".

Drawing comparisons between their game and Tottenham's game against Bournemouth, Conte said: "If you compare these two games - we face United away and Tottenham face Bournemouth at home - I think that it's easier for Tottenham to take points in their home stadium".

The Blues' lead could be cut to four points before they kick-off at Old Trafford but Nevin is adamant Conte will not allow his players to lose focus.

"We know our schedule is not easy".

The Italian taskmaster insisted he relishes the intense pressure surrounding Chelsea's title tilt - and even admitted he would crank up the heat on his players himself if necessary.

Chelsea after 31 matches played have accumulated 75 points leaving them seven ahead of second-place Tottenham Hotspur.

"I love Tottenham, they're probably my favourite team in the league to watch".

Conte revealed after Saturday's game that the key to Hazard's turnaround was his improved confidence, saying: "He is a great player, a great talent and he must understand that he is a great player and never forget this". "If he is able to improve this situation, he is a top, top player".

"I am happy for Eden and he scored a good goal".

"I think that every coach, their function is not only to win. He provoked the first goal, and I'm sure he can score in every game". "To be always a fantastic season also to compose history you need to win".

  • Julie Sanders