Stats: Chelsea's Eden Hazard continues fine form versus Burnley

Hazard Penalty - Chelsea v Maribor

Not for the first time this season, Eden Hazard emerged as Chelsea's most influential player against Burnley.

Chelsea gave encouragement to Manchester City in the Premier League title race after being held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley.

Branislav Ivanovic fired the Blues into a 1-0 half-time lead at Stamford Bridge, but a red card for Nemanja Matic on 70 minutes aided the Clarets in their search for an equaliser. Sean Dyche's men pulled level on 81 minutes to earn the visitors a hard-fought point in their battle against the current league leaders.

By his own standards he experienced a relatively quiet afternoon, but there can be no question of Eden Hazard's worth to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side. He weaved his magic to set up Ivanovic for what was an impressive assist, but his involvement was somewhat undermined by Chelsea's inability to score a second. While he may face criticism for a quiet performance, the statistics suggest otherwise. 

  PositionGoalsTotal ShotsKey PassesPass Acc (%)DribblesFouls WonTouchesTacklesMins Played
Eden Hazard MF 0 0 4 86 7 1 103 2 90

No Premier League player compares to the Belgian in terms of his ability to beat a mark, and he proved this yet again versus Burnley. Just like he did against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, he caused havoc with his tremendous pace and dribbling ability, completing seven of his 10 attempted dribbles (70% success rate) and drawing one foul. Having recorded a match-best 100 touches, he found himself at the centre of the action throughout. 

Hazard is the Premier League's most innovative player to date - even more so than teammate Cesc Fabregas - and he extended his lead in the 'creativity' rankings in Saturday's display. Having fashioned a match-best four key passes at Stamford Bridge, the 24-year-old now boasts 71 chances created for the season - two ahead of the ex-Barca midfielder. He played a vital role in his side's opener, skipping through the Clarets' defence, before slipping a deft pass to Ivanovic to convert.

  PositionTotal Att AssistAppearancesMins Played
Eden Hazard MF 71 26 2,297
Cesc Fàbregas MF 69 23 1,961

Criticised by Jose Mourinho for his poor defensive work-rate last season, Hazard can no longer be accused of resting on his laurels when Chelsea are without possession. The 10-man Blues had to dig deep following Nemanja Matic's sending off, and the the Belgian certainly assisted the cause. With two (of three) successful tackles and one completed aerial duel, he will be content with his contribution in this regard. 

Furthermore, as always, his confidence and ability in possession proved an overriding factor in his 'Man-of-the-Match' display. The Belgian international played 78 passes in total - just one fewer than Cesc Fabregas (79) - of which he completed 85.9%. Meanwhile, he found himself dispossessed on only four occasions - 4% of his cumulative involvement. He really is a defender's nightmare.

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