78 touches, 4 chances created: Chelsea star impresses in Newcastle defeat

Eden Hazard Dribbling

Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season as they were downed 2-1 by Newcastle United.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard turned out an impressive performance despite the Blues suffering their first loss of the season in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United.

The Stamford Bridge outfit travelled to North East in the hope of extending their 14-game unbeaten run in the Premier League and pulling further away from the pack.

Despite a positive first-half display, the home side took the lead 15-minutes after the interval through substitute Papiss Cisse, and the Senegalese striker doubled the hosts lead 12 minutes before the end.

Jose Mourinho’s side rallied late on as striker Didier Drogba halved the deficit, but in spite of the best intentions of Belgian international Hazard and his late attacking flurries the hosts held on.

While it will be deemed a bad day at the office for the Blues, they can consider themselves unlucky and in Hazard they had an outstanding performer who on another day could have influenced a positive result.

  ShotsKey PassesDribbles WonTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Eden Hazard 3 4 4 78 47 8 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Lille star was a constant thorn in the host’s side as he attacked at will.

Over the 90 minutes, Hazard took three shots on goal, created four chances for his teammates and successfully completed four dribbles.

One area which has improved immensely this season is his ability to work back for the team and put in a defensive shift which was no different at St. James’ Park, illustrated by his eight ball recoveries.

It may have been a disappointing result, but the visitors' display wasn’t by any stretch poor and there were some positives - such as Hazard – for Mourinho to take comfort in when mulling over his side’s downfall.

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