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Hazard: Game after game

Eden Hazard has stressed the need for the Blues to take each match as it comes after we extended our lead at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 3-1 win over Swansea.

The Belgian said the players were well prepared for a tough game against the revitalised Welsh club, which stood us in good stead as we reacted to the visitor’s late first-half equaliser by netting twice after the interval.

‘In the first half, we scored one goal and it can be difficult if you don’t get another,’ admitted Hazard. ‘The other team believes they can score and they did that just before half-time, but in the second half we created a lot of chances and scored two more. At the end, the result was 3-1 and it could maybe have been 5-1.

‘The manager said before the game that we had to stay patient. Sometimes teams come to Stamford Bridge and they defend well. It is up to us to find the solution and we did that.’

Hazard came close to netting at the start of the second period and provided the assist for Diego Costa’s 16th Premier League goal of the campaign. He insists that who scores or creates goals is not important as long as the Blues continue to win.

‘For me it is the same if I score, don’t score or assist,’ he said. ‘Even if I don’t make an assist or score goals – if I play a good game and we win, I will be the first man happy on the pitch.’

The victory took our advantage over the chasing pack to 11 points, but Hazard says nobody within the Chelsea camp is getting carried away.

‘We are professional,’ he stated. ‘We won the league two years ago so we know what to do. We have been first for a few months, we want to stay at the top and we have to take it game after game.’

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