‘ITS A THREE-WAY BAT­TLE’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CHELSEA for­ward Eden Haz­ard ex­pects Manch­ester City and Liver­pool to be the Lon­don side’s main ri­vals in the Pre­mier League ti­tle race af­ter the top three sides all en­joyed vic­to­ries on the week­end. Chelsea re­tained their place at the sum­mit af­ter they claimed a sev­enth suc­ces­sive league vic­tory with a 2-1 home tri­umph over Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and will hope to con­tinue the hot streak when they travel to third-placed City on Satur­day. “Man City and Liver­pool. They are both good. If we want to be there at the end, then we have to fin­ish above them,” Haz­ard told Bri­tish me­dia when asked which teams Chelsea will need to be most wary of in the ti­tle race. Sec­ond-placed Liver­pool over­came a stub­born Sunderland 2-0 at An­field on Satur­day, while City ral­lied for a 21 vic­tory at Burn­ley ear­lier in the day. Chelsea, who fin­ished 10th last cam­paign, are in fine form, hav­ing scored 19 goals and con­ceded just one dur­ing their win­ning run and Haz­ard ad­mit­ted the ab­sence of Euro­pean foot­ball had given An­to­nio Conte’s side a vi­tal ad­van­tage. “We have one week to pre­pare for the game and at the end of the week, we know what to do when we play,” the 25-year-old Belgian in­ter­na­tional added.

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