We’re approaching the halfway stage in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign and Chelsea, after 13 rounds of matches, currently sit top of the table by a point.
Antonio Conte has done an excellent job during his first few months at Stamford Bridge, winning 10 league fixtures so far, and the Blues are currently unbeaten in England’s top division since September’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
That Chelsea are not competing in either the Champions League or Europa League appears to be benefitting the west London outfit, who are currently the second favourites to win the league behind Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, meanwhile, are now priced at 50-1 by some bookmakers to win the league following their failure to beat West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Red Devils are already 11 points behind Conte’s men.
Hazard names Chelsea's two rivals for the title
One of the reasons behind Chelsea’s rise to the top has been Eden Hazard’s early-season form.
The Belgium international has put last season behind him - what was all that about? - and is showing the same form that led to him being crowned the Premier League’s best player at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Following Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday, Hazard spoke to the media and admitted he can only see two other clubs challenging the Blues for the title this term.
"Man City and Liverpool,” Hazard was quoted as saying by Sky Sports when asked to name Chelsea’s main title rivals. "They are both good. If we want to be there at the end, then we have to finish above them."
Hazard: Chelsea are flourishing out of Europe
The 25-year-old believes Chelsea’s failure to qualify for Europe has benefitted the club.
"It's good," he added. "We have one week to prepare for the game and at the end of the week we know what to do when we play.
"Last year, we were just doing recovery so we weren't always ready for the game, but that's not the case now. We're concentrating on the opposition during the week and give everything.
"We do lots of tactical work and video work, it depends who we're playing. We do everything to be prepared."
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