Alan Shearer reckons Chelsea’s chances of challenging for the Premier League title this season depend of the form of Eden Hazard.
Few expected the Stamford Bridge outfit to compete for the Premier League crown this season, but after eight games Maurizio Sarri’s side are unbeaten and with the mercurial Hazard in the form of his life the Blues are now being tipped to compete with reigning Champions Man City and Liverpool for English football’s biggest prize.
”The league normally starts to take shape after eight to 10 games, and when I look at the top and bottom of the table, it is not too far away from how I think it will finish in May.’’ Shearer writes in his BBC Column.
‘’I am expecting City and Liverpool to fight it out, with Chelsea the only other team who can challenge for the title – though for that to happen, a lot depends on Eden Hazard.
”Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has talked about there being a gap between his team and City and Liverpool, but they can close it if they can keep Hazard fit and in the kind of form he is in at the moment.
”He was very impressive for Belgium at the World Cup and has carried on in this campaign where he left off in Russia – he was sensational again on Sunday to help his side beat Southampton.
”Hazard has done it before for a whole season, of course, when he helped Mourinho and then Antonio Conte bring the title to Stamford Bridge. If he can do that again, they have a chance of being champions – possibly.”