Analysing Eden Hazard's world class display for Chelsea against Everton
After scoring four goals in 31 games in the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, Eden Hazard has certainly bounced back in the best possible way with seven goals under his belt already this season after just 11 games and extending that form as he scored in four consecutive league games for the first time in his career by notching twice in a mesmeric display against Everton on Saturday.
With three shots on target, the 25-year-old scored with two whilst the other was palmed away by Maarten Stekelenburg into the path of Pedro to score a fifth just after the hour mark. With such clinical finishing it was a sure sign of the massive improvements that Hazard has made from last season, where the form which saw him named PFA Player of the Year in 2013/14 quickly evaporated amid speculation of a falling out with Jose Mourinho.
Now under Antonio Conte, the Belgian is excelling in his new system, playing on the left hand side of a three man attack alongside Diego Costa and Pedro, with five of his seven goals to date coming in the new set-up. On Saturday, he shone more than ever with a performance which many described as one of the best of any player in the Premier League era.
That was partly down to his superb vision and distribution, which helped up up to his pass completion ratio of 94.6%, one of the highest tallies of any Chelsea player this season, and with one of his passes creating a superb chance for Diego Costa. With three successful dribbles, it just goes to show just what a torrid Saturday evening Hazard gave the Everton defence.
Now seemingly close to being back at his best, if not already there, Hazard has the potential to fire his team into a Champions League finish and possibly even a title challenge. If not, the Blues may face a challenge to retain the services of Hazard given that already he is one of the most in form players in Europe, let alone the Premier League.
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