English Premiership

Hazard expects race for top-four finish to go 'to the end'

2019-03-11 14:57
Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea's Eden Hazard expects the four-way fight for two Champions League qualifying places to go until the final day of the season.

The Belgium international playmaker rescued a point for the Blues in a 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday, when Arsenal beat fellow top-four hopefuls Manchester United 2-0.

With Manchester City and Liverpool in a two-way title duel, there are four teams battling for the two-remaining top-four spots.

Tottenham, who lost at Southampton on Saturday, have 61 points and Arsenal 60.

United are on 58 and Chelsea 57, but with a game in hand. Hazard told Chelsea TV: "It's a good battle. Man City and Liverpool are far away, then there are four teams who want to be in the top four.

“It's going to be a good race to the end. We have nine games to play now. We have to give everything.”

The Blues lost at Wolves in December and Hazard had mixed feelings following his late intervention which salvaged a draw.

He added: “We lost away three months ago. The game was exactly the same. We created a couple of chances, but not enough.

“The good point is we gave everything until the end and we scored a goal. A bit of happiness, even if we are a bit sad. I like to score and then we win the game. I scored, we drew.

“It's a bit disappointing. 'We need to keep going. We have a tough game on Thursday [away to Dynamo Kiev in Europa League] and then on Sunday [Premier League at Everton].

“Let's move forward, back in training, work together and try to win games.”

 

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