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Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0

Premier League - 18 April 2015

Having snatched a last-gasp 1-0 win at QPR the previous week the Blues were well primed for the title run-in, but with an in-form Manchester United, who had an opportunity to reduce our lead at the top of the table, visiting Stamford Bridge there was everything to play for.

Kurt Zouma was brought into midfield to nullify the threat posed by Marouane Fellaini, who had been in a rich vein of goalscoring form going into the game and, in keeping with the context of the season, the contest was settled by a marvellous piece of individual brilliance by the outstanding Eden Hazard.

There was little to choose between the sides during the first half but the Blues, who had been well organised and resilient, took the lead seven minutes before the break when Hazard latched on to an intelligent Oscar back-heel, advanced towards goal and slipped the ball between the legs of David de Gea.

Victories by a one-goal margin had been a running theme during the second part of the campaign, and so it proved once again as we stood firm collectively for the remainder of the game. Both teams hit the post – Hazard for Chelsea and Falcao for United – but we held on to maintain our 10-point lead over United.

With just six matches left to play, there was a real feeling we were closing in on a fourth Premier League title, and the celebratory scenes among the players on the pitch at the final whistle suggested they were only too aware a significant hurdle had been overcome.

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