Lit­tle bel­ters to fire Blues to ti­tle glory

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 - By MIKE MCGRATH

PETR CECH reck­ons Chelsea’s lit­tle stars give the side a big chance of send­ing the Premier League ti­tle race to the wire again.

The Blues are four points clear at the top head­ing into the in­ter­na­tional break – and Cech in­sists they won’t flop like last sea­son.

This time around they have Eden Haz­ard and Os­car – at a com­bined cost of £52mil­lion – set­ting up and scor­ing goals.

“We have a dif­fer­ent team with lots of new re­cruits,” said keeper Cech.

“As play­ers, they are more tech­ni­cally gifted than phys­i­cal.

“Be­cause of that, our style has evolved and we’re try­ing to bring more dy­namism to our at­tack­ing moves thanks to the tal­ented play­ers we have fur­ther for­ward.

Am­bi­tion

“So far, Eden Haz­ard’s ar­rival has done us a lot of good.

“He’s quickly built an un­der­stand­ing with the play­ers around him, like Juan Mata and Os­car, and it’s re­ally pleas­ing to see a player come in from an­other league and adapt so quickly.

“They’re both young play­ers with lots of am­bi­tion who have al­ready got quite a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence de­spite their age.

“And, in gen­eral, you tend to adapt bet­ter when you’re younger.

“They go out onto the pitch to en­joy them­selves and give plea­sure to those around them.

“Eden’s con­tin­u­ing to do what he was al­ready do­ing for a few years in France.

“As for Os­car, I’m very happy for him be­cause it’s not easy to just show up here from Brazil, where the cham­pi­onship is com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

“Plus, he’s very young. His dou­ble against Ju­ven­tus showed he fully de­serves his place here and it’ll give him lots of con­fi­dence for the fu­ture.”

The two Manch­ester clubs bat­tled it out on the fi­nal day of last sea­son – but Cech in­sists there will be more ti­tle con­tenders this time.

“I think this sea­son will be very close and an ex­cit­ing one for the sup­port­ers,” he said.

“Lots of teams have strength­ened. Manch­ester United have started well and will be in­volved in the ti­tle race, as will Manch­ester City, who want to de­fend their crown, while we’ll be right back up there.

“There’s Ar­se­nal too, who are play­ing well and scor­ing goals while look­ing solid at the back.

“If they continue like that, they’ll be very dan­ger­ous.”

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