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Jan 2, 2014

Chelsea's Terry heaps praise on Hazard

Chelsea captain John Terry has hailed Eden Hazard's "world class" contribution to the Blues' recent fine form and backed Fernando Torres to enjoy a bumper year in front of goal in 2014.

- Lythell: Oscar stars in New Year win

Hazard and Torres starred for Chelsea as they completed a perfect Christmas programme with an impressive 3-0 win at Southampton on New Year's Day that drew high praise from boss Jose Mourinho.

And Terry told Chelsea's official website: "Eden has been different class for us.

"When we bought him we knew he was a world class player and he's proving that game after game.

"He's getting stronger and stronger, he's our top scorer at the moment as well so he's vitally important going forward -- but he's working hard defensively as well so he's a great asset.

"Nando [Torres] has been working so hard as well. Hopefully in the New Year he can kick on and score some more goals, but from the team's point of view it was a very good performance [at Southampton, where Torres scored the opener]."

Terry revealed that a half-time team talk from Mourinho reminded the Chelsea players of the significance of the game against the Saints as they turned a 0-0 scoreline into an emphatic victory.

"The manager stressed that there was no point beating Liverpool and going away to Arsenal and picking up a point against a very good side if we threw it all away," he added.

"At half-time, the manager talked about closing the game out and that's the first time we've done that, particularly away from home. It was very important."

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