Eden Hazard believes Chelsea have the Premier League title in their grasp

Eden Hazard puts Chelsea 1-0 up against Stoke City from the penalty spot
Image: Eden Hazard puts Chelsea 1-0 up against Stoke City from the penalty spot

Eden Hazard believes Chelsea have the Premier League title in their grasp following the 2-1 victory over Stoke at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Hazard scored a penalty and set up Loic Remy's winner - either side of Charlie Adam's 65-yard strike – as Chelsea opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Jose Mourinho has targeted five wins and one draw in the remaining eight games and Hazard is optimistic Chelsea will win a first league title in five years.

Hazard said: "We are confident. We are first in the league and we take game after game. We have the title in our hands. We want to bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge."

The Belgium international reckons Chelsea should have beaten Stoke by a bigger margin though.

"In the first half we created a lot of chances," Hazard said.

"We played beautiful football and okay, we scored just one goal, but we deserved to score three or four.

"The most important thing was the victory and we did very well till the end."

Remy's winning goal came after Diego Costa had come on as a half-time substitute before going off with a recurrence of his hamstring problem 11 minutes later.

With Costa likely to be sidelined for an extended period, Remy could be given a run in his absence, and Hazard is confident the France international will sieze the opportunity.

"He can score every time when he's on the pitch. This guy deserves to score a lot of goals," Hazard said.

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