Chelsea star Eden Hazard believes Manchester City will be significantly harder to overcome in Sunday's Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge should skipper Vincent Kompany return to the side, reports Sky Sports.
Hazard cited his Belgium international teammate as a pivotal figure in Manuel Pellegrini's side, claiming City are a considerably weaker outfit without the presence of their inspirational captain.
The winger, who considers the centre-back key to the Belgium squad, is confident Chelsea can take all three points this weekend should Kompany be forced to sit out the critical fixture.
"Kompany is really important for City because when he plays they win and when he doesn't play they lose, often," said Hazard.
"We know his quality and we're lucky to have him in the Belgium team. I prefer to play with players like that than against them."
The Manchester City skipper has not appeared for the Sky Blues since he was substituted half an hour into the 3-1 home win over Everton earlier this month.
However, Hazard feels Chelsea's recent form gives them the upper hand ahead over their Premier League rivals regardless of Kompany's presence.
"We are playing well at the moment and are in form," added Hazard. "We have won at Norwich, we won at home against Cardiff. We have got a good dynamic. I hope we can continue like this because this weekend we have another big, important match.
"Our role is to try to stay in the title race at the top of the table, win and carry on our way to the Arsenal game (on Tuesday, in the Capital One Cup)."
The Chelsea playmaker is relishing life under new manager Jose Mourinho and hopes his expertise can guide them towards future success.
"Jose brings his experience. He is a great coach. Us young players are impressed," added Hazard.
"We are starting to know him. He is a good guy, someone who has his own ideas and who puts them in place.
"At the moment we are winning so all is well. He has won a lot of things before and I hope he wins more, that we'll be able to win trophies."
Chelsea are currently second in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Arsenal.
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