4 key passes, 4 dribbles: Chelsea star Eden Hazard’s outstanding Boxing Day display

Eden Hazard Dribbling

Eden Hazard impressed yet again as Chelsea overcame West Ham United on Boxing Day.

Goals from John Terry and Diego Costa either side of half-time secured a 2-0 victory for Chelsea at the expense of London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

While it was an excellent all-round display from the Stamford Bridge outfit, Eden Hazard was the shining light. The mercurial Belgian dazzled with his usual brilliance as West Ham succumbed to Mourinho's team, with his pace, trickery and creativity causing tremendous problems for the visitors.

Hazard's breathtaking close control ensures he is rarely dispossessed, and this proved the case against the Hammers. He accumulated 79 touches in total - the third highest of any Chelsea player - while completing a match-best four take-ons. He also drew four fouls.  

  TeamAssistsKey PassesShotsShot Accuracy (%)PassesPass Accuracy (%)DribblesFouls
Eden Hazard Chelsea 1 4 2 50 60 90 4 1

The former Lille star proved instrumental in the build-up to Chelsea's second, playing an early pass to set Costa on the path to goal.

This was one of four scoring opportunities that the Belgian crafted throughout the afternoon. His link-up play was outstanding as usual - he completed 90% of his 60 attempted passes, 38 of which came in the final third. 

In truth, Hazard's performance had everything but a goal, although he could have done far better with his shooting. He managed two attempts in total - just one of which found the target - and on another day, he probably would have found the back of the net. Nevertheless, from his one accurate effort he fired straight at West Ham goalkeeper Adrian.

In light of the Belgian's mid-week fitness scare, Mourinho will be delighted that his star man was available for selection against the Hammers. This proved to be yet another excellent showing from Hazard, who continues to prove worth his weight in gold. 

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