Arsenal may have secured the three points they needed yesterday against Bournemouth to keep within three points of top-spot in the Premier League but Chelsea’s Eden Hazard doesn’t seem to rate their title chances.
Chelsea are currently the ones to beat in the Premier League after they extended their winning run to seven matches with a victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, inflicting the first league defeat of the season upon Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Blues face a massive test against Manchester City next weekend and Hazard believes the Citizens are major contenders for the title, along with Liverpool, but the Belgian overlooked Arsenal with his comments quoted by The Daily Telegraph.
“Man City and Liverpool. They are both good. If we want to be there at the end, then we have to finish above them.”
Chelsea have already swept aside Manchester United and Tottenham this season but were defeated by rivals Arsenal back in September, with this weekend’s tie at the Etihad Stadium likely to provide a huge impact in the title race.
Hazard clearly agrees, stating a victory on City’s home soil would send a huge statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League.
“We know it’s always difficult to win there. They beat Burnley and they have a lot of good players – Aguero and De Bruyne. I hope it will be a good game and if we can win there it will be good.
Chelsea have a huge December ahead, facing West Brom, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke City, before the reverse leg against Tottenham to kick-off 2017.