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Apr 242016
 
Eden Hazard was the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year for 2015

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard says he and his team-mates do not want Tottenham to win the Premier League.

Tottenham are five points behind leaders Leicester with four games left.

Defending champions Chelsea host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on 2 May and Leicester on 15 May, the final day of the season.

“The fans, the club, the players, we don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League,” Hazard, 25, told BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

“We hope for Leicester because they deserve to be champions this season.

“We have a good game next week against Tottenham and if we can beat them it will be good.”

Hazard, the 2015 Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year, scored twice in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, his first league goals of the season.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played for Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal from 2003 to 2011, also wants Leicester to win the league and expects them to secure the title before the game against the Blues.

“I believe they’ll have it wrapped up by then,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.

“Spurs are pushing hard to get as close to them as possible but I think Leicester will win it and deservedly.

“I don’t want Spurs to win it and, for what they’ve done through the season, I would love Leicester to win the Premier League.”

Match of the Day analyst Martin Keown said Hazard’s words will give the Spurs players extra motivation ahead of the meeting with Chelsea.

“The Tottenham players are probably listening to that right now and it’s goading them,” said the former Arsenal and England defender.

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Leicester City v Swansea City

 Posted by at 5:04 AM
Apr 242016
 
Leicester will be without Jamie Vardy for the first time this season in a league game after his sending off.

TEAM NEWS

Leicester will be without top scorer Jamie Vardy, who will serve at least a one-match ban as a result of his red card in the draw with West Ham.

He is expected to be replaced by Leonardo Ulloa, while Nathan Dyer is ineligible to face his parent club.

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton returns after missing the last two matches with a back problem.

Jack Cork has recovered from a facial injury he suffered last weekend in the defeat by Newcastle.

‘WE CAN COPE WITHOUT VARDY’

Vardy has scored 22 Premier League goals this season, including 11 opening goals – the most of any player in the division.

Ranieri admits that the Foxes will have to change their style of play without him but backed Riyad Mahrez to rediscover his form and insisted his squad of “Caesars” can cope.

“He is fantastic. Riyad is our light,” Ranieri said. “When he switches on, wow, Leicester change colour – that is the truth.

“Without our goalscorer Vardy, it is not easy to play. Without Vardy we have to make some other strategy.

“With Jamie, everyone knows his movement. It could be a change of formation or players.

“I think I have 24 stars. I have 24 Caesars – that is our strength. There isn’t one Caesar but there are the other 23.”

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce: “This is make or break for Leicester City. If they keep their five-point lead they’ll withstand the challenge of Spurs, who will yet drop points. Lose, and Tottenham will probably overtake them.

“Leicester go into battle without Vardy – it’s like Richard III fighting at the nearby Battle of Bosworth Field without ‘a horse…a horse…a kingdom for his horse!’ We know what happened there.