Hazard aiming for Spurs after breaking goal duck

LONDON • After ending his goal drought, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard revealed that he wants to help Premier League leaders Leicester City end Tottenham's title challenge.

The Belgium international scored his first Premier League goals of the season, nearly a year after he netted his last one, as outgoing champions Chelsea brushed Bournemouth aside 4-1 on Saturday.

"We - the fans, the club, the players - don't want Tottenham to win the Premier League, but in football you never know," Hazard said after netting a brace.

"We hope for Leicester because they deserve to be champions this season, but we will see.

"We have a good game next week against Tottenham, if we can beat them it will be good."

Spain forward Pedro put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute, hooking in a left-foot shot after being teed up by Cesc Fabregas.

Bournemouth, who shocked Chelsea 1-0 in the reverse fixture in December, were 0-2 down after 34 minutes when the returning Hazard latched on to a Fabregas backheel to end a drought going back 356 days.

The Cherries hit back two minutes later with a Tommy Elphick header before Brazil midfielder Willian made it 3-1 with a right-foot shot as Fabregas completed a hat-trick of assists. Hazard, who scored 14 times in the league last season, then added his second of the game in stoppage time.

The win left Chelsea ninth on 47 points, and Bournemouth 13th on 41. But, like Hazard, interim manager Guus Hiddink wants his side to have a big say in the title race.

"We've got nothing at stake really and we talked about that," said the Dutchman. "But we don't want the season to fade away. "We play the next game to win. And the next game is Tottenham."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'Hazard aiming for Spurs after breaking goal duck'. Print Edition | Subscribe