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Passing century of Blues goals so special: Hazard

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Ton up: Eden Hazard hails his impressive Chelsea milestone
Ton up: Eden Hazard hails his impressive Chelsea milestone

By Nick Purewal

Eden Hazard passed a century of Chelsea goals with a match-winning double in the Blues' 2-1 Premier League victory at Watford.

Chelsea's talisman forward has had a direct hand in a league-high 19 goals in 18 league games this term, and his Vicarage Road brace dragged the Blues back to winning ways.

"It means a lot, especially because we won today," said the Belgium ace.

"101 goals with this amazing club is something I will never forget but now the fans, staff and players want more.

"I want to score more for this club and then try to be a legend like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry."

Hazard opened the scoring with his 100th Chelsea strike, showing typically impressive composure in front of goal to round Ben Foster and tap home.

The 27-year-old then buried a penalty he had won by drawing a foul from Foster to put the Blues back ahead.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had criticised his players for their reaction to slipping behind against Leicester on Saturday, as they limped to a 1-0 Stamford Bridge defeat.

But here Chelsea displayed far more backbone in recovering from Roberto Pereyra's snap volley equaliser that had cancelled out Hazard's opener on the stroke of half-time.

While the Blues never quite clicked they still prevailed, capitalising on Arsenal's draw at Brighton to step back up to fourth in the table.

On his position up front, Hazard added: "I can even play at centre back. My target is to score goals and to try and win the game, as a winger or a striker.

"We showed great character against Man City after defeat by Wolves, and today we did the same thing after a defeat to Leicester."

Watford manager Javi Gracia said: "I think we competed very well. I think we started the second half well by pressing high, but in that moment if you make a mistake they can score a second goal."

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