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Chelsea won their fourth consecutive Premier League match to move 10 points clear at the top of the table. Eden Hazard scored the only goal in the clash against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge to seal three points for the hosts.
Despite 29% ball possession by Jose Mourinho's side, they did enough to hold on for the three precious points and the Blues boss was delighted with their hard-fought victory against United.
‘The celebrations were because we beat one of the biggest teams in the world,’ said Mourinho, as Chelseafc.com quoted.
‘I understand that. The players gave everything to win the game and they felt the result of the work they’d done all week to prepare.
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‘The team were fantastic. I’m the one that knows how fantastic they were because the game was exactly what we wanted. When you manage to play the game you want to play, it’s fantastic. The players were magnificent, on top of that Eden had that magic the top players have, especially in big matches.
‘Obviously he was fundamental for us but Cahill made an amazing block on Falcao, John Terry was amazing, the keeper was there for us all the time, Azpilicueta was for me the best player on the pitch and Ivanovic was fantastic. Matic worked like an animal, Zouma put Fellaini out of the game, our number 11 [Drogba] was another animal, fighting against two kids young enough to be his sons.
‘Hazard was what you know, Oscar worked fantastically well, Ramires came in and gave us what we needed, Mikel came in for two minutes and held the ball.’
He continued: ‘Willian coming on was a bonus I wanted to give him, he’s been in bed for two days and today he came straight from his house, making himself available to give us some help, he was fantastic.
‘It’s three more points. Obviously every point we get now, every victory we get, is one step in the title direction.
‘We need to win matches. What we can say is that we play for nine points at home, we can be champions just from the matches we play at home. But obviously if we can get points away it’s better.’