Eden Hazard has urged Chelsea to win each of our remaining ten games to ensure Champions League qualification next season.
Following the 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday, Chelsea are two points adrift of fourth spot with a game in-hand on each of our top-four rivals.
Sixth-placed Chelsea have 56 points, five behind third-placed Spurs, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United and one point behind fifth-placed Arsenal. Chelsea have played a game less than Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Chelsea’s next Premier League fixtures are against Wolves, Everton, Cardiff and West Ham, before the trip to title-chasing Liverpool on April 14. Our game in-hand is at home to Brighton.
Hazard revealed the players discussed taking advantage of Tottenham and Arsenal dropping points in Saturday’s north London derby before Sunday’s win at Fulham.
“We talked together in the dressing room about Arsenal-Tottenham. Both lost two points,” Hazard told Chelsea TV.
“Top four is a hard war, because we’re not only four teams, we’re six teams. Now we have 11 games to play till the end of the season. We’ll try to take the maximum points.”
Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho gave Chelsea all three points against Fulham and Hazard hailed the performance as great.
“The performance was great and we took three points,” Hazard added.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was fined by the club and dropped for the win over Tottenham on Wednesday after he refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City with penalties looming.
Kepa was recalled for the game against Fulham and he made some fine saves as Chelsea won 2-1 at Fulham.
“The week was not so easy for him, but he’s a great goalkeeper and he’s a great guy,” Hazard said of Kepa.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been criticized by fans and pundits this season following his summer move from Napoli. The midfielder was booed by fans in the Europa League win over Malmo at Stamford Bridge and cheered by fans at Craven Cottage after scoring his first Chelsea goal from open play.
Hazard insists Jorginho is “doing very well” and “gives tempo to the game”.
“We need this kind of player,” Hazard added.