Chelsea star Eden Hazard has told reporters in Belgium that Manchester City have better players than the Blues.
The 23-year-old, who has arguably been the Premier League's standout performer this season, played down Chelsea's chances of winning the title this season following Saturday's 4-0 victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho's side have now opened up a seven-point gap between themselves and second-placed Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table - and a nine-point lead over fourth-placed Manchester City.
However, the Citizens have three games in hand over Chelsea, and are likely to be crowned Premier League champions if they win all of their fixtures between now and the end of the season.
Hazard, speaking to Belgian TV station Sporting Telenet, said: "Manchester City will become champions if they win all of their games. But if we get the chance, we will take it.
"We have enough quality to play for first spot, but City are still favourites as they have the better players.
"It's more difficult to be second or third with some games less as you have to win those games. We'll see what happens at the end.
"The season is still long, I feel a bit tired, but I'm not the only one.
"If we want to win something this season, we'll have to survive games like those against Spurs."
Hazard's comments are not too dissimilar to those made by Mourinho in recent months.
The Portuguese coach has made it abundantly clear that he regards Manchester City as favourites for the title; but, after amassing a seven-point lead at the top of the table, the bookmakers now have Mourinho's men as favourites to lift the Premier League trophy in May.
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