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Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Eden Hazard says Chelsea are targeting victory in each of their remaining 10 Premier League games to succeed in the "war" for the top four.

What a difference a week makes. From beleaguered to bullish, Maurizio Sarri's Blues now scent Champions League qualification.

Hazard says that, ahead of Sunday's 2-0 win at Fulham, the Blues discussed taking advantage of Tottenham and Arsenal dropping points in Saturday's North London derby.

"We talked together in the dressing room about Arsenal-Tottenham. Both lost two points," Hazard said. "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."

The win over Fulham, with goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho, two points adrift of fourth spot with a game in-hand on each of their top-four rivals.

"The performance was great and we took three points," Hazard added.

Now Chelsea are emboldened. The galvanising effect could be attributed to Kepa Arrizabalaga, who refused to be substituted in the League Cup final with Manchester City with penalties looming.

Hazard added: "The week was not so easy for him, but he's a great goalkeeper and he's a great guy."

Kepa made some fine saves at Fulham, where Jorginho's first goal from open play for Chelsea proved decisive.

Hazard insists Jorginho is "doing very well" and "gives tempo to the game". "We need this kind of player," Hazard added.


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