Hazard fires Chelsea title charge, Spurs still in hunt
Apr 07 2017
Fernandinho was penalised for clumsily tripping Pedro and while Caballero got down well to save Hazard's penalty, the Chelsea number 10 made no mistake with the rebound.
Chelsea put together a cool, calm, and complete performance to win 2-1 against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
Playmaker Eden Hazard netted twice, either side of a Sergio Aguero leveller, as Chelsea recovered from Saturday's surprise home defeat to Crystal Palace and severely, perhaps terminally, dented any lingering City hopes of a title charge.
"We are almost there but there is a long way to go we have some hard games".
Arsenal's challenge for a Champions League qualification place is back on after just a second win in seven leagues games.
City remain fourth, 14 points below Chelsea, and with Arsenal and Manchester United hot on their heels - both four points back with a game in hand - Guardiola knows they face a scrap for a top-four finish.
Chelsea increasingly sat back throughout the 90 minutes and, at times, Hazard was his side's only outlet. "I believe that we can win every game if we play like today - and then we'll see". We played the way we played and, of course, we are sad because we didn't win, but I am so, so happy to come here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we played.
Chelsea's Gary Cahill celebrates after the match against Manchester City on April 5, 2016.
"I think we showed to be a great team, to win a hard game after a defeat against Crystal Palace".
"For sure, it is another step, a big step", said Conte. So we must make six wins and take 18 points.
City's six league defeats this season is the highest tally Guardiola has recorded in a single domestic campaign in his managerial career. Chelsea and Tottenham are in the other semi-final.
Former Chelseastar Wayne Bridge is certain the Blues will go on and win the Premier League this season, hailing their lead as unassailable.
Courtois showed greater alertness moments later when he slid out to save at the feet of Leroy Sane and 10 minutes before half time Chelsea took the lead again.
It's a record at KCOM Stadium that could keep Silva's team up, with the win seeing Hull climb out of the relegation zone at Swansea's expense. "But when it comes to game-time, when they're confident and they're winning, it comes into play".
Goals by Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi either side of half-time had put Liverpool ahead after Benik Afobe struck early for the visitors.
Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse spared Shane Long's blushes as Southampton hit two goals in as many minutes to sink Crystal Palace 3-1 at St Mary's.