John Terry: Eden Hazard is as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Chelsea captain John Terry hailed Eden Hazard as one of the world's best players after the Belgian inspired the Blues to a 2-1 win over Stoke.
Hazard tucked home a penalty to put Chelsea in front before Charlie Adam scored a memorable 65-yard equaliser for the visitors. But Loic Remy was on hand to turn home Hazard's square pass to wrap up the three points and take Chelsea seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
And, in a game where Diego Costa lasted just 10 minutes having been introduced from the bench before being forced off with a hamstring injury, Hazard was the man to make the difference with Terry quick to praise him. "He was excellent," Terry told Sky Sports 1.
"He has been our best player by a long way this year and in those games when you are looking for a bit of extra, a bit of magic from someone he is the one who steps up and managed to create something.
He is up there with the (Lionel) Messi's and (Cristiano) Ronaldo's and can still get better and better."
With just eight games remaining Chelsea are hot favourites to take the title but Terry is urging caution to those who believe their name is already on the trophy.
"It was a tough game, we knew it was going to be difficult," he added. "They made it difficult last year. First half they were very tight and they are a very well organised team, it was tough but we ground it out.
"It is the old cliche but it is ticking a box then moving on. "We have a massive game away at QPR, a big London derby for us. We just need to keep putting three points on the board.
"The goal from Charlie Adam was a great goal and it stunned us just before half-time.