Football - Pardew tips Chelsea for title tilt

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew feels Chelsea have "a good chance" of winning the Barclays Premier League title after seeing them beat his side 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

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Hazard struck two goals in eight first-half minutes and a second-half penalty as Chelsea capitalised on Arsenal's 5-1 loss at Liverpool and Manchester City's goalless draw at Norwich.

Pardew believes the Chelsea squad is as good as any from Jose Mourinho's first spell and is also optimistic of a resurgence from his team.

"This is as good as he's had. They've got a good chance," Pardew said.

"We need those players back, especially for games at this level. Tottenham is a game I'd like to think we can get through and hopefully get a strong result.

"Then after that I think a lot of our big players will come back to us and for the next 13 games I think we'll be strong and then in the summer we've got work to do."

Pardew also bemoaned substitute Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's decision to wrestle Samuel Eto'o to the ground and concede a penalty.

He added: "I don't know why he's grabbed him quite in that manner and I think Mapou's scratching his head about why he got himself in that position."

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