The dust has now settled on the incident which saw Eden Hazard dropped for the mid-week win against FC Schalke in the Champions League.
The Belgian was named in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven for the match against West Brom this afternoon, taking up his usual position on the left hand side of the Chelsea midfield, rotating well throughout the game with Willian.
He played sensible football and worked well with all sections of the team, as Chelsea enjoyed the majority of possession and the game.
Hazard has been one of the constants for the club this season, in a squad where Mourinho has so many different options in terms of midfielders, Hazard has done well to retain his place.
He’s got a good record for the club so far this season with his goal today taking his total onto four goals and an assist from his eleven appearances in the Premier League this campaign.
He was put under huge pressure when he stepped up to take the penalty against West Brom, following a foul on Ramires which allowed the Blues to get out of jail.
The way he coolly slotted home capped off a very good return to the team and unless he get involved in another bizarre incident away from the field, it’s difficult to see him losing his place.
Hazard worked hard, he looked like one of the only Chelsea players who was going to make something happen and on another day he could have had more than just the single goal.
He should be pleased that he managed to repay some of the faith that Mourinho showed in naming him to start today, when other bosses would have needlessly left him out in the cold until possibly after the international break.
Here’s what Chelsea fans made of his performance on Twitter.
That's what we want to see #Hazard do more often. Run at defenders and take them on, he has the pace and skill to do it— Ash Habib (@ash_habib) November 9, 2013
Titles are won by a point nowadays, we may look back at that Hazard goal in May and realise it's importance, you never know.— ParkedTheBus (@ParkedTheBus) November 9, 2013
Eden Hazard is a GOD thats all— Matt Koontz (@TheFlyinKenyan) November 9, 2013
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