Eden Hazard gives his prediction on the Premier League top four race

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has said his team are prepared for the ‘hard war’ as they seek to leapfrog their nearest rivals in the race for the top four positions.

The Blues bagged a second-straight league win after the 2-1 triumph over Fulham on the road, and this sees them within two points off fourth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand.

Speaking on Chelsea TV, Hazard admitted that the players had talked about the result of the recent north London derby where both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur dropped points in a 1-1 draw.

He added that the Blues still have a tough ride in the pursuit of Champions League football but they are hoping to thrive by picking up maximum points from the remaining games of the campaign.

“We talked together in the dressing room about Arsenal-Tottenham. Both lost two points. Top four is a hard war, because we’re not only four teams, we’re six teams. Now we have 10 games to play till the end of the season. We’ll try to take the maximum points,” he said.

Chelsea are scheduled to host Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 stage on Thursday night. Thereafter, they return to league action with a home meeting against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

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