Eden Hazard, an outstanding performer in yesterday’s 4-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, praised the team for the overall quality of our display at the Hawthorns.
Antonio Conte’s side were superb throughout as we recorded a 4-0 victory on the road for the second time this season.
Hazard scored twice, his first arriving after latching on to a wonderful Alvaro Morata flick and the second a fine right-footed finish having been picked out by Cesc Fabregas.
‘Top, top, from the first minute until the end,’ Hazard responded, when asked for his thoughts on the team’s display. ‘We showed great character, we scored four and we didn’t concede. We want this type of game every week.
‘We had the right mentality. When you come here you know the game will not be easy because they’re physical. But if you keep the ball on the floor like we did then you have the chance to win the game, we did well.
‘It’s always good to score. For me it’s not the most important thing but it’s good for the confidence. I scored two goals but the most important thing was to win the game and play well, that’s it.’
The result, coupled with Tottenham’s defeat to Arsenal, allowed us to move above Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but Hazard is aware we will need to put together a long sequence of positive results, like we did last season, in order to close the gap on leaders Manchester City.
‘We have to do the same every week,’ Hazard said. ‘Now we have a tough week because we play Qarabag away and then we go to Anfield. We want to stay near the top.
‘We know Man City are winning a lot of games but we need to try and close the gap and then we will see at the end of the season.
‘The run last season was unbelievable, it’s not every year you can do that, but why not? We have almost the same players and we have to be ready if we want to stay near the top.’
Not for the first time this season, the relationship between Hazard and Morata caused the opposition defence all manner of problems, but the Belgian believes there were impressive performances all through the side.
‘It’s not just him and me, it’s the whole team,’ he said. ‘When you play with Fabregas, Alonso on the left and Zappacosta on the right you can feel the confidence. Everyone played with the ball and made great movement.’