Guardiola: 5-0 thrashing of Steaua showed Manchester City have attacking problems

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Blues winger Eden Hazard has declared that Chelsea "are almost there" as they cruised into a huge 2-1 victory over Manchester City last night to maintain their seven-point lead on top of the Premier League table.

They ground out a barely deserved 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday just days after crashing to a shock 2-1 home defeat by struggling Crystal Palace. "We need to start translating our home form to when we go away because in front of our own fans we are playing well and with a lot of confident", said Silva.

Tottenham looked set for a defeat that would have killed off their hopes until they produced three goals in the final stages of the game at the Liberty Stadium.

After losing at Stamford Bridge this week, Pep Guardiola confirmed that Man City are out of the Premier League title race.

"It was a massive game and thankfully we won", Fabregas told Chelsea TV.

"A big win for us".

"I was happy because the first target was to qualify [for the Champions League] but after that with the Everton and Middlesbrough games I realised we had to play really, really, really good to win the games".

"I believe that we can win every game if we play like we did against Swansea - and then we'll see", said Pochettino, whose side host Bournemouth the following week. "Yet in this season, we are at the same level".

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So is Guardiola finding the Premier League much harder than his previous posts in Spain and Germany?

The result means six more wins from their remaining eight games would secure Chelsea the Premier League trophy, no matter what the chasing pack are able to do.

Guardiola, who felt City's performance was better than in Sunday's draw at Arsenal, said: "Absolutely (City were better than Chelsea)". We have to be honest with ourselves.

"I will be better, definitely".

"The way we played, I'm so satisfied".

"I know this manager was in Greece [with Olympiacos] and we played in the Champions League when I was at Bayern Munich", he added.

He said: "They won't with eight or nine players - they will play with 11, like us".

"I'm sure in the next games they'll be more clinical".