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Reaction: We deserved to win

Belgian duo Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard praised the team for the overall quality of our display in yesterday’s 3-0 victory against Everton.

The Blues strengthened our position at the top of the table courtesy of a marvellous win on Merseyside, with Pedro, Gary Cahill and substitute Willian all on target in the second half.

Courtois was called into action in the first minute when he diverted a Dominic Calvert-Lewin strike against the foot of the post, but for much of the game he had little to do as the Blues restricted Everton to half-chances. He believes it could be a pivotal victory with regards to the title race.

‘It feels very significant,’ said the goalkeeper. ‘Everton won their last eight home games, they’ve been on a good run and they score a lot of goals so to keep a clean sheet, play well and win was good.

‘In the first half we had some difficulties because [Idrissa] Gueye was following Eden everywhere so it was difficult to find space.

‘In the second half Pedro scored a great goal and from that point we were able to control the game better. We scored a good second goal, although maybe it was a bit lucky, and a fantastic third, so it feels good. There aren’t many games left so obviously it’s a good win.’

It was Hazard’s free-kick, after being brought down by his man-marker Gueye, which led to Gary Cahill scoring our second goal, and the attacker felt we were good value for the victory.

‘It was a great game and a great achievement,’ said our Number.10. ‘It’s always difficult to go to Everton and play a great game like we did. We controlled it from the start until the end which is good for us.

‘It’s this kind of game where beforehand you can be scared because when they play at home they are very strong and anything can happen, but we dealt with it and we played a fantastic game, we deserved to win.

‘Sometimes it’s difficult because the guy is everywhere with me, but when it’s not me somebody else can make the difference, like Pedro did.’

The Blues need three victories from our remaining four matches to secure the title, and Courtois is well aware we still have plenty of work to do.

‘We never look at Tottenham, of course we want them to drop points but the most important thing is to look at ourselves,’ he said. ‘With Southampton at home and Everton away, Tottenham probably thought we would drop points, so to win both games is very significant.

‘Now we just have to win our home games, that will be very important.’

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