“The fans want me to score, the players want me to score. I scored a good goal and helped the team to win the game. “We were in control. We created a lot of chances. We gave nothing away. Our team was very good.” It was a fourth successive clean sheet for Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, with Hazard praising the collective contribution. “Defensively we are very strong,” he said. “All the players want to defend for the team, even the attacking players, even me. We are very strong and it’s important. “It was important to win because we lost two points last week against Sunderland. “We scored three beautiful goals. We are six points in front and we want to stay there.” Harry Kane might have put Tottenham in front, but hit the bar with a header before firing wide across goal. The striker, who was not even born when Spurs last won at Stamford Bridge in February 1990, insists his side cannot dwell on the result, with another derby coming up this weekend, against Crystal Palace. “We started very well, we created a few chances and hit the bar with a header,” Kane said in the London Evening Standard. “On another day it could have dropped in. We created a couple of others, too. They didn’t go in, either, and Chelsea punished us for it. “They’re a good side and it’s something we have to learn from. They were just more ruthless than us. “But we have to dust ourselves down because we have a big game coming up at the weekend. “We can’t dwell on it too much. There are too many important games coming up that we have to win, starting this weekend. We have to keep up the intensity in games and do well. “Everton (a 2-1 win last Sunday) was the benchmark of how we have to play this season and hopefully we can go beyond that and keep improving.” “The opportunity was there because Diego wasn’t involved. Didier played well again. “For me it’s important. I took my chance and scored this goal. I can give him (Mourinho) another opportunity and he can count on me any time he wants.” Chelsea, who failed to score for the first time this season at Sunderland last Saturday, began on the defensive as Spurs chased a first win at Stamford Bridge in almost 25 years, before Mourinho’s men stepped up. “We know that we can score any time,” Remy added. “The squad is really strong and that makes the difference between us and the other teams. “We will keep going to try and keep the distance from our closest opponent. It’s six points and that’s really good. We try to continue in this way.” Eden Hazard opened the scoring after a one-two with Drogba, exploiting Aaron Lennon’s failure to track back. Hazard, who struck his fifth Premier League goal of the season, told Chelsea TV: “I try every game to score. If it’s not a penalty, another goal. Remy scored Chelsea’s third in Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat of Tottenham after Drogba, starting in place of the suspended Costa, had made one and scored another in the Barclays Premier League leaders’ comfortable win. The France striker, who has recovered from a niggling groin problem, told Chelsea TV: “I felt very happy after this goal. When you’re a striker you want to score every game. Press Association After Didier Drogba impressed in the absence of Diego Costa, Loic Remy reminded Jose Mourinho that he is ready, willing and able to provide Chelsea with clinical finishes too.
Mark Hughes has said that his “affinity” with Southampton is the reason he agreed to take charge of the Premier League strugglers until the end of the season.The former Stoke boss replaces Mauricio Pellegrino, who was sacked on Monday with the club one point above the relegation zone after one win in 17.“The objective is to make sure we’re a Premier League club next year,” Hughes said. “That’s where we should be.” Hughes was sacked by Stoke in January, with the club in the bottom three.The Welshman, 54, had been with Stoke for four and a half years and has taken charge of 445 Premier League matches for the Potters, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR.He started his managerial career with five years in charge of his country.Hughes spent two years at Southampton from 1998 to 2000 in a 22-year playing career that also included spells at Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona.“It’s a challenge I’m excited by. It’s a great opportunity to come back to a club I know well, and a club I’ve got real affinity with, and I couldn’t turn that down,” Hughes said.“I understand what it takes in this league to win games. But it’s about coming in and being that different voice that will enable the players to recognise and focus on what needs to be done.”Hughes’ first game will be Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against League One side Wigan.Southampton was beaten 3-0 by Newcastle on Saturday and the next league game is away to fellow strugglers West Ham on March 31.Hughes is the club’s fifth permanent manager in the five years since Mauricio Pochettino, now Spurs manager, replaced Nigel Adkins.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram