Chelsea winger Eden Hazard was imperious as his side destroyed Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday, running out 5-0 winners.
The West London outfit entered the match feeling the pressure of a rather disappointing run of results on their travels, winning two of their previous seven away games.
The Blues couldn’t have started any better as Oscar put them 1-0 up within the first minute, and ensuing goals from Diego Costa, Oscar again and then a late strike from Andre Schurrle left the hosts stunned.
The Brazilian duo of Oscar and Costa will rightfully receive the plaudits for notching two goals each, but Jose Mourinho’s side’s attacking display owes much to the endeavour and brilliance of Hazard.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Belgian international winger was fantastic throughout as he tormented the Swans defence on a number of occasions.
Over the 90 minutes, he took three shots, created up to six chances via key passes and completed a whopping seven successful dribbles – more than any other player on the pitch.
Hazard’s dribbling skills are becoming a familiar tale to Premier League observers, but one area where Mourinho will be arguably more delighted is the former Lille man’s desire to fight for his team.
Last season, Hazard was often criticised for not tracking back and proving himself to be suspect to counterattacks, but he seems far more disciplined these days.
Against Garry Monk’s side, he completed an impressive seven ball recoveries – his side’s third highest behind the industrious Oscar and defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic.
In possession, the Hazard was dependable as ever, taking 99 touches and laying off 67 accurate passes with a completion rate of 89.3%.
The victory means Mourinho’s side go five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table ahead of the Citizens' home clash with Arsenal on Sunday.