Eden Hazard has admitted that Chelsea do not want Tottenham to win the Premier League title, an admission that brings into question their determination to beat Leicester on the final day of the season in a game that could have a huge say in the destination of the Premier League trophy.
The Blues face Spurs next weekend before taking on Leicester on 15 May and Guus Hiddink’s side could have a major impact on determining the eventual champions.
With Leicester set to be without key striker Jamie Vardy for at least one game – and more likely two after he accepted a Football Association charge for improper conduct following his dismissal against West Ham last weekend – the title race could go right down to the final day of the season.
Leicester face a trip to Stamford Bridge on the final day, but Hazard’s admission that no one at the London club wants Spurs to win the title raises doubts over how Chelsea will perform against the Foxes given that the blues have nothing to play for this season.
"The fans, the club, the players, we don't want Tottenham to win the Premier League," Hazard told BBC's Match of the Day.
"We hope for Leicester because they deserve to be champions this season.
"We have a good game next week against Tottenham and if we can beat them it will be good."
The gap between Leicester and Tottenham currently sits at five points ahead of Sunday’s match between Leicester and Swansea, with Spurs set to take on West Bromwich Albion on Monday night. Should Leicester suffer defeat against Swansea, Spurs could reduce the deficit to just two points heading into next weekend’s clash with Chelsea, and could well go top of the Premier League with victory at Stamford Bridge.
However, Hazard’s team-mate Cesc Fabregas – who previously captained Spurs’ arch-rivals Arsenal – said that he believes Leicester will already have the title in the bag before they arrive at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, Fabregas said: "I believe they'll have it wrapped up by then.
"Spurs are pushing hard to get as close to them as possible but I think Leicester will win it and deservedly.
"I don't want Spurs to win it and, for what they've done through the season, I would love Leicester to win the Premier League."
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