Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have played down his side’s Premier League title chances, but in-form winger Eden Hazard admits that he has been dreaming of winning the league.
Hazard’s hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday means that Mourinho’s side will travel to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday a point clear at the head of the table with a third of the season remaining.
The run-in is about to gather pace and the Belgium winger has revealed that thoughts of lifting the championship trophy are already disturbing his sleep.
Following the weekend win, Hazard told Chelsea TV: “Top of the league. I go in my bed, I dream. I hope at the end of the season it will be the same.
“It’s a pleasure to play for this team and to work for that.”
Hazard’s personal contribution has been one of the main factors underpinning Chelsea’s progress this season and the 23-year-old has been described as the best young player in the world by Mourinho.
“Eden is a great player, he has great confidence as well, and anything he touches at the moment is going for him,” said team-mate Gary Cahill.
“He’s a young player getting better and at the moment he is producing some world-class football for us.
“In the first half (against Newcastle), when we didn’t play particularly well and the game was quite tight, you want that little bit of individual brilliance and Eden produced that for us with two goals in which he was heavily involved in the build-up and he finished them.
“He has adapted to the league very well, he is a special player, and he thoroughly deserved his hat-trick.”
While Chelsea are on an outstanding run that has yielded eight wins and two draws in their last 10 league games, they face a West Brom side who slid into the bottom three following their weekend loss at Crystal Palace.