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Hazard: Euro return has affected title defence

Mark Lawrenson GETTYBBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson reckons Arsenal and Spurs will miss out on the top four
| 10 February, 2018, 09:42

There is heavy speculation surrounding the future of Antonio Conte, with many reports expecting him to be sacked before the end of the season after a hard season in charge, with the latest humiliation being the 4-1 defeat against Watford on Monday night.

The Gunners find themselves in sixth place, 24 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, with 12 games to play, including this weekend's north London derby.

"[Kane] is a great player, in the last two years he has already been the top scorer".

"This would not be a bad title defence if Man City weren't unbelievably good".

He went on to explain that his time at Chelsea was unsuccessful because of the few game time he received but he managed to get back up and improve after joining Fiorentina and then Roma.


"That's why we love football. I'm pretty sure we can beat them if we play together".

Despite Chelsea's inconsistencies, Hazard believes the unpredictability of the English top flight - which has recently seen Bournemouth win 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and relegation battlers Swansea defeat both Arsenal and Liverpool - is what makes it such an attractive competition. "That's why football is special", the midfielder added.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has joked that Barcelona have a player in Lionel Messi who "is not from this world", as he prepares to lock horns with the superstar forward. "You never know what's going to happen, especially in England".

Chairman Bruce Buck said that Chelsea "will be taking a strong squad" for the match at the Optus Stadium.

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