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Hazard: Difficult but deserved

Chelsea beat West Ham yesterday by the same scoreline as we did on a Monday night in our opening game of the season, and with the same goalscorers too.

The first to find the net for the Blues on both occasions was Eden Hazard, who also scored the winner away against the Hammers almost exactly two years ago on the way to our most recent league title. His four goals against the east Londoners overall is as many as he has against any team in England.

‘The game is always difficult here, we know it is always a fight for 90 minutes so we did well,’ assessed Hazard after the 2-1 win. Diego Costa netted our second goal with the home team pulling one back right at the end.

‘We didn’t play the best game of the season, we missed a couple of passes but at least we scored two goals and we won the game. At the end we got the three points and that’s the most important. We played with our heart and we deserved it.’

The Belgian accepted West Ham had tested our rearguard strongly in the opening stages by playing to their strengths.

‘We know they play like this,’ he said. ‘Andy Carroll is one of the best players in the world with his head but we dealt with it, the defence did very well, Gaz, David and Azpi, so we deserved to win.’

It was Hazard’s breakaway goal midway through the first half that swung the game firmly in the Blues’ direction, with the ball moved from one end of the pitch to the other in the blink of an eye.

‘It was good,’ he smiled. ‘N’Golo got the ball and he passed to me and I passed to Pedro and I ran, because my job is to score some goals!

‘This season we have all reached a high level, me included. We are happy to play together. Last season was hard but two years ago was a great season. There are similarities with what we did two seasons ago and we want to do the same thing and get the title.

‘But in England it’s never over until it’s over,’ Hazard added. ‘You never know what’s going to happen. We will all give everything until the end to try to win the league.’

However before that quest continues away at Stoke, we move on to the FA Cup and Manchester United at home.

‘It is one of the targets, the FA Cup,’ Hazard declared. ‘I am five years now with Chelsea and I never won this cup so I want it this year. We know it is a fight against Man United every time but we did well this season when we won 4-0 at home [against them], so we hope we can do the same.’