Hazard expects top-four finish

Eden Hazard feels Chelsea's hopes of finishing in the top four remain in the balance following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Eden Hazard feels Chelsea’s hopes of finishing in the top four remain in the balance following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

The Blues would certainly have been the happier of the two sides to emerge from Old Trafford with a share of the spoils, as the point leaves them fourth in the standings, two points clear of fifth-place Arsenal and three ahead of United.

Indeed, Maurizio Sarri’s side know if they win their final two games of the season against Watford and Leicester then they will be guaranteed to finish in the top four.

Belgium international Hazard is not getting too carried away, however, as he feels the race to finish in the top four remains in the balance, although he also acknowledges Chelsea are well placed.

”I think it is 50-50,’ Hazard told the Chelsea website, when asked about their top-four hopes.

‘I think you can see the pressure a bit.

We want to play in the Champions League next season and that is why at the end of the game we can think a draw is not too bad.

‘ Hazard, whose future at Stamford Bridge remains a constant source of speculation amid continued interest from Real Madrid, knows Chelsea must do all they can to finish the season with back-to-back wins, although he is also expecting some more twists and turns in the top-four race.

‘Now we have two games to play, the next one is Watford at home, that is not an easy game again, but I think we can finish in the top four,’ the 28-year-old added.

‘If we win both it is better but I don’t think all the teams will win both.

We will see at the end.’