5 key passes, 3 take-ons: Chelsea's Eden Hazard impressive in Spurs defeat

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Eden Hazard emerged as Chelsea's star performer despite his side's defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on New Year's Day.

A Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham left Chelsea in tatters as the Premier League league leaders came unstuck at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day.

The English youngster scored twice for Spurs with Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Nacer Chadli also netting for the hosts.

Chelsea led early on through Diego Costa, but reached the interval 3-1 behind. The Blues may have scored twice more during the second period, courtesy of Eden Hazard and John Terry, but it was not enough to salvage anything from the match.

Despite the disappointment caused by a thrashing at the hands of their London rivals, the Stamford Bridge oufit can take solace in the form of attacking midfielder Hazard. 

The 23-year-old was quite comfortably his side's best performer, posing a significant attacking threat throughout. He played his part in the Blues' opener, following an impressive display of determination and skill, before then scoring their second. 

  TeamGoalsShotsKey PassesPass Accuracy (%)DribblesFouls WonDispossessedTouchesMins Played
Eden Hazard Chelsea 1 5 5 81 3 4 3 75 90

Hazard may have got himself on the scoresheet, but his shooting left plenty to be desired. Despite managing five attempts in 90 minutes, he was able to threaten Hugo Lloris's goal on just one occasion.

Nevertheless, he played an incredible five key passes - more than any other player involved - while finding further success in a match-best three take-ons. Hazard also drew four fouls, as he reaped havoc for the Spurs back four all evening. In a creative sense the mercurial Belgian was exceptional, in spite of his side's defeat.

He attacked with intent throughout, and irrespective of the defensive pressure he found himself up against, he managed to complete 81% of his total passes - a success rate bettered by just four of his teammates.

Hazard's display proved one of very few positives for Chelsea to take from defeat to Spurs. The Belgian youngster continues to impress, as he has done all season, and it will not be long - if not already the case - before he is regarded as one of the continent's most dangerous attacking talents. 

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