THREE THINGS CHELSEA MUST DO TO BECOME TITLE CHALLENGERS NEXT SEASON

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Chelsea moved up to third in the Premier League on Monday night with a 2-0 win over West Ham.

Chelsea are also favourites to win the Europa League and face Slavia Prague in the quarter finals, with the first leg in the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Chelsea can be title challengers next season if the Blues keep Eden Hazard, sign a centre forward and add two more quality signings to the squad.

Scholes doesn’t believe Chelsea are far away from challenging for the title as many has suggested.

Eden Hazard, who scored a brilliant solo goal against West Ham on Monday night, has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid while Gonzalo Higuain, a January loan signing from Juventus, is struggling to adapt to the Premier League.

Asked if Chelsea are gaining momentum and making progress, Scholes told Premier League Productions: “Yes I think they are.

“They had a really good start to the season don’t forget, it just was the middle bit where they struggled a bit.

“I think there’s a team there that are capable, with one or two signings, that can possibly challenge for the league.

“The only problem they will have, can they keep Hazard? It doesn’t look like that’s going to be possible.

“I think they have a problem at centre forward as well.

“Since Diego Costa they haven’t really found a replacement, [Gonzalo] Higuain looks like he’s struggling, [Olivier] Giroud doesn’t play a lot.

“That’s a position they’ll probably need to address.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed how he reacted to Eden Hazard’s brilliant solo goal against West Ham on Monday night.

“All I can say is that I watched the whole thing with my mouth wide open,” said Hudson-Odoi.

“He’s an exceptional player, though, and I do expect things like that from him.

“I just watch and learn from him in training, and then in games.

“Watching someone like that, he is a superb role model to look up to.”

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