Eden Hazard has been a mercurial figure in Chelsea’s midfield since his arrival, with the Belgian often failing to produce long-term passages of fine form. The 2015/16 season was, undoubtedly, a disappointing season for him, as a string of poor performances drew the ire of the Chelsea faithful – and almost cost him his place in the Blues’ first team.
This year, however, he has returned to his best, producing a spate of fantastic performances playing perfectly into the hands of Antonio Conte. Certainly, Conte deserves a lot of credit for Hazard, and indeed his entire team’s, turnaround – but the winger has so often carried his side past the post this season.
Chelsea’s victory against Manchester United on Monday evening was yet another case of this in action, with Hazard undoubtedly one of the best players on the pitch.
The Belgian attacker was involved throughout the night, with his 99 touches clearly proof of that – second to only Cesar Azpilicueta in that regard.
Similarly, the 72 passes that he produced throughout the night reaffirmed the idea he is a catalyst-like figure in the Chelsea midfield – whilst the fact that over 98% of these passes were accurate indicate that the Belgian was consistent and impressive on the ball.
Offensively, Hazard was a marvel to watch – with much being made of the number of fouls he drew throughout the game. In total, the Belgian was unfairly tackled a total of six times – far more than any other player on the pitch. This certainly indicates the sort of influence he was having on the game.
It will come as no surprise, too, with a whopping seven dribbles clearly suggesting that he was a real threat to the Man United defence. Elsewhere, with 3 shots throughout the game, you certainly can’t fault the winger for trying to secure the victory for the Blues.