Following this weekend’s win, Gary Cahill added his name to the long list of people praising Eden Hazard’s contribution to Chelsea’s rise to the top of the table.
The Belgian international attacker was in blistering form again as he scored all three goals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, his first hat-trick since his final game for Lille before signing for Chelsea in 2012.
Add to that a defence that has only been breached by Manchester United since the turn of the year and it means belief is naturally high amongst a team that is now one point ahead of Arsenal, and two in front of Manchester City following Saturday’s results.
‘Eden is a great player, he has great confidence as well and anything he touches at the moment is going for him,’ Cahill said following the 3-0 win over Newcastle.
‘He’s a young player getting better and at the moment he is producing some world-class football for us.
‘In the first half when we didn’t play particularly well and the game was quite tight, you want that little bit of individual brilliance and Eden produced that for us with two goals in which he was heavily involved in the build-up and he finished them.
‘He has adapted to the league very well, he is a special player and he thoroughly deserved his hat-trick.’
Cahill reported Jose Mourinho wasn’t entirely satisfied with the team’s first-half display against Alan Pardew’s side. He told them at half-time they were fortunate to be 2-0 up.
‘But that was pleasing in another sense,’ the defender added, ‘because we knew we could go to another gear and I thought second half we did. Although we started the game a little bit sloppy, the second half we got into our stride and we got stronger, so again we are very pleased.
‘We got credit for the performance against Man City but we didn’t want to sit back and rest on our laurels. 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.
‘There is great spirit amongst the boys at the minute and that is due to winning games. And we want to keep that going and see where that takes us.’