West Bromwich: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have played down his side's Premier League title chances, but in-form forward Eden Hazard admits that he has been dreaming of winning the league.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Hazard's hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday means that Mourinho's side will travel to West Bromwich Albion tonight a point clear at the head of the table with a third of the season remaining.
The run-in is about to gather pace and the Belgium winger has revealed that thoughts of lifting the championship trophy are already disturbing his sleep.
Following the weekend win, Hazard told Chelsea TV: "Top of the league. I go in my bed, I dream. I hope at the end of the season it will be the same.
"I'm going through a good period at the moment. I try to enjoy myself in every match with my teammates. It's all going well.
"I'm happy in life, I'm happy with my football and I'm happy at this club. I am in good form now, lots of nice things are happening and I hope to continue like this."
Hazard's personal contribution has been one of the main factors underpinning Chelsea's progress this season and the 23-year-old has been described as the best young player in the world by Mourinho.
While Chelsea are on an outstanding run that has yielded eight wins and two draws in their last 10 league games, they face a West Brom side who slid into the bottom three following their weekend loss at Crystal Palace.
The form book suggests a comfortable win for the league leaders, but defender Gary Cahill insists that there is no chance of complacency creeping in.
"We got credit for the performance against Manchester City last week (a 1-0 win), but we didn't want to sit back and rest on our laurels," he said.
"It is all about momentum for us. There is no better feeling than winning football matches and at the minute we are getting some good results and we want to keep that feeling going."
Hazard's EPL in numbers
Goals Hazard Has scored in the EPL so far
Assists the Belgian has to his name
Hazard's goals per game ratio
Hazard has played in every Chelsea game