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Published 19/04/2015

Eden Hazard says his main objective since joining Chelsea in 2012 is to win the Premier League title
Eden Hazard says his main objective since joining Chelsea in 2012 is to win the Premier League title

Eden Hazard was thrilled to rise to the occasion and live up to his pre-match billing as Chelsea's match-winner against Manchester United.

The Belgium playmaker's first-half goal - his 18th of the season - earned the Blues a 1-0 win which took Jose Mourinho's men 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League and within reach of the title.

Hazard told Chelsea TV: "Every game I try to do one good moment. This is my job. I like my job.

"I try to give pleasure to the fans when they come to the stadium. I did very well.

"It's very difficult, but in one moment you need something special with a special player like me, or Oscar, Didier (Drogba), Willian.

"This is why we play football, to play this kind of game and to score against this kind of team."

Hazard joined Chelsea from Lille after their Champions League win in 2012 and has won the Europa League and this year's Capital One Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's first Premier League title in five years is the next objective.

"I came to Chelsea to win this league," Hazard added.

"I know how difficult it is to win this league, because every team tries to play, every game it's a battle for three points.

"When you win this league you can say to everybody 'yes, I won the English league.' It's not easy."

Win at Arsenal next Sunday and Chelsea could wrap up the title three days later with victory at Leicester, but Mourinho played down that scenario.

Hazard's scintillating performances have been key to the Blues' success this term and he has weighed in with goals.

He scored 14 Premier League goals last term and has 13 so far this season.

"Every season I try to beat the score before. But when the goals bring the three points it's always good," added Hazard, who has played all 32 games.

"I look tired. I feel my legs sometimes. I drink a special drink, a magic potion, to be ready for the game."

Chelsea last won by more than one goal in January at Swansea and have seven wins and three draws in the 10 league games since.

The 24-year-old believes fatigue is a factor.

"The first four months was perfect, very, very good, we scored a lot of goals," Hazard added.

"Now I think we are a little bit tired, it's more difficult, but we win the games. This is the most important. It's a good season for Chelsea."

Chelsea might have conceded an equaliser had referee Mike Dean ruled Gary Cahill had tripped United midfielder Ander Herrera in stoppage time.

Instead, Herrera was booked for diving.

Cahill told Chelsea TV: "At the time he came across and he goes down. I certainly felt annoyed. He left his leg in there. It was not a penalty.

"I spoke to him after the game and he admitted that he did that.

"The referee felt the same way, so I was pleased it went the way it should've gone."

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