The big Belgian goalkeeper was delighted that the Blues showed they are not a one man team in their victory over Sunderland last night.

Hazard has rediscovered his top form this season, firing in eight league goals as Chelsea sit six points clear at the top of the table.

He was forced to miss their clash at Sunderland last night after picking up a knock in the 1-0 home win over West Brom last weekend.

“Eden Hazard is one of the best in the world but we showed we can be good without him”

Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois

Antonio Conte’s men beat the Black Cats with another 1-0 victory and Courtois was happy they showed they can get the job even without a player of Hazard’s quality.

He told the London Evening Standard: “Eden is one of the best in the world.

“When he’s not there, you’re going to miss him, but we showed we can be good without him.”

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Eden Hazard has been in stunning form for Chelsea this season

Prior to last night’s victory at the Stadium of Light, Conte confirmed Hazard’s injury was not major.

And the 25-year-old should be back for Chelsea’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime.

Conte said: “Eden has a knock in his knee and now he’s injured. I don’t think [it is serious] but for this game, he couldn’t play.”

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Thibaut Courtois enjoys Chelsea’s win over Sunderland

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Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea

Chelsea will be looking for their eleventh win in a row at Selhurst Park and extend their lead at the top.

Conte’s side are guaranteed to be league leaders on Christmas Day and that historically means they will claim title glory this term.

Chelsea have been top at Christmas on four occasions in the past and gone on to lift the Premier League trophy each time.