Analysis

Hazard: The Blues are back

Eden Hazard was able to celebrate a second league win in eight days in which played as a central striker after our 2-1 success on the South Coast against Brighton.

It followed on from the significant win over Manchester City and this time Hazard scored, his first goal since early October and his blistering start to the season from a goals point view when he netted eight in the first 10 outings. At Brighton he also wonderfully set up Pedro to break the deadlock.

‘I like to score, but it’s not important for me,’ said Hazard, having ended his two-month wait for goal number nine.

‘The most important thing is to win games, and we won. I scored, I’m happy, I’m enjoying my football at the moment, and that’s why I’m on the pitch.
‘I always play with the same ability and quality. The feeling is always the same as a winger or a striker: to do my best and enjoy my football.

‘It was an important victory, especially the way we won,’ he added. ‘At the end it was hard to win the game, but the manager told us this was one of the most important games of the season, especially after a big game against Man City. We are back, and we just want to keep going and we will see at the end of the season.’
 

The 27-year-old admitted the win over Brighton did not pan out to be as comfortable as it looked like it was going to be given the first-half showing and 2-0 lead the Blues had established by the interval.

‘We knew before the game, and we said at half-time, that we needed to score the third one because when you go 3-0 up it is not easy for the opponent to come back,’ he said. ‘We didn’t, we conceded a goal and we could feel the pressure a bit in the last five, 10 minutes, but we managed the game well and we deserved to win.’

The victory maintains our fourth-place position, two points behind Tottenham, and we have opened up a three-point gap over Arsenal who lost their own South-Coast Sunday outing, at Southampton.
 

‘It is important to keep the pressure on the teams above us,’ observed Hazard. ‘We want to be top of the league at the end of the season. We know Man City and Liverpool are good teams, but we are with them and we don’t want the gap to be bigger than it is now. We just want to win games and be the best team.’

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