The source of Eden Hazard’s goal last night gave him plenty of satisfaction, as did the fact it turned out to be the winner.
Hazard headed the game’s only goal midway through the first half and reacting to our Wednesday win at West Ham, the winger noted the rarity of such a strike.
‘Ramires put in a beautiful cross and I scored with my head,’ he said. ‘I play football to score goals and win titles. I don’t score a lot with my head but this one goal was very important.’
Hazard’s 14th of the season - and his second header after his opener at home to Hull in December - could have been added to by both sides. The winger created good opportunities either side of half-time for Diego Costa, Ramires and Willian but in the end, however, it was his telling touch that proved decisive.
The victory maintains our five-point advantage at the Premier League summit and Hazard reflected on the significance of the victory, coming as it did on the back of our Capital One Cup triumph this weekend.
‘It was difficult but I think we deserved to win,’ the Belgian assessed.
‘They played very well and we know it’s always like this when you play here. It was a very important three points after the draw at home against Burnley.
‘It’s always difficult when you don’t score a second goal and kill the game but defensively we were very strong. The whole team defended like dogs.
‘After a final it is not easy to keep going and stay concentrated in the league but we are top of the table and we want to stay there.
‘It’s a very good win for the confidence and for the rest of the season. We still have a lot of games left. Now we have two days off to take care with the family and then we have another big game against PSG.’
- A clip of Eden Hazard talking to Chelsea TV after the game can be viewed below, with the full interview available now via Video on Demand, subject to Fan Club Plus membership.