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Wembley win can boost Chelsea's title charge LONDON: Eden Hazard believes Chelsea's League Cup final success can provide the perfect springboard for the club's Premier League title challenge.The league leaders travel to London rivals West Ham on Wednesday three days after beating Tottenham at Wembley to win the first trophy of manager Jose Mourinho's second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea's victory came with the added bonus of having been achieved on the same day second-placed Manchester City lost at Liverpool.That result means Mourinho's side head to Upton Park five points clear of the chasing pack having played a game less.And Belgium midfielder Hazard claims Chelsea will resume their bid to clinch the championship for the first time since 2010 with the belief that comes from already having lifted silverware."By winning this trophy, we can concentrate on the league 100 percent. It's always important to win trophies when playing for Chelsea," Hazard said."Before the game we didn't ...


Ospina says Arsenal over Euro shock LONDON: David Ospina insists Arsenal's Champions League shock at the hands of Monaco is now behind them ahead of their visit to struggling QPR on Wednesday.Arsene Wenger's side responded positively to their devastating 3-1 Champions League last 16 first leg defeat against Monaco by beating Everton 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.The victory helped draw a line under a loss that means the Gunners go into the second leg tie in Monaco knowing their ...

Celtic eye unbeaten title charge GLASGOW: Gary Mackay-Steven believes Celtic can go through the season unbeaten as the Scottish champions look to press home their top of the table advantage on Wednesday.The Hoops took a major step towards their fourth consecutive Scottish Premiership title when they thrashed Aberdeen 4-0 at Parkhead on Sunday and they could open up a nine-point lead if they defeat St Johnstone in their rearranged home fixture.Mackay-Steven, who scored in Sunday's win, has settled well into ...

Bony urges City to target maximum points MANCHESTER: Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony believes Manchester City must strive for maximum points from their remaining 11 Premier League fixtures to have any chance of catching leaders Chelsea.Manuel Pellegrini's defending champions play struggling Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday trailing Jose Mourinho's team, who have played one match less, by five points.And Bony concedes City's hopes of retaining their crown are slender."It makes it very difficult now. If Chelsea win (their game ...

Rooney happy wherever he plays as United take on Magpies NEWCASTLE: Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has insisted that the trip to Newcastle on Wednesday signals the start of a period that could define their season.The Red Devils travel to St James' Park hoping to hang on to their place in the top four as they push for a return to the Champions League later this year.After visiting the North East, Louis Van Gaal's team play Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final, before league matches ...

Liverpool look to maintain Champions League charge LIVERPOOL: Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's return to form in the league has coincided with Philippe Coutinho's progression as a key player at Anfield.Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight domestic matches and have put themselves back in the hunt for a Champions League spot as they prepare to face Burnley on Wednesday. Brazilian Coutinho has played a prominent role as the Reds have improved and has scored twice in his last two appearances - victories ...

'Tired' Monaco seek PSG upset in French Cup PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain are gunning for an unprecedented domestic treble as they host Monaco on Wednesday in the French Cup quarter-finals.PSG are currently second in Ligue 1, one point behind leaders Lyon after being held to a frustrating 0-0 Sunday draw by Monaco, a team they meet for the second time in four days. But PSG know the way to the Stade de France as they already booked their ticket for the French League Cup ...


 



 
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