Six key-passes; eight dribbles: Chelsea's Hazard irresistible in weekend victory over Stoke

Eden Hazard impressed again as Chelsea earned three points at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

Chelsea took a step closer to the Premier League title with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. 

Eden Hazard emerged as the star of the show, weighing in with a mesmerising display. 

The mercurial Belgian scored the opening goal from the penalty spot, before the league leaders found their lead pegged back by an outstanding 60-yard strike from Charlie Adam.

With the hosts pushing for a second, it was Hazard who stepped up again, drifting through the Stoke defence, before unselfishly setting up the winning goal for Loic Remy.  

  GoalsAssistsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesPass Accuracy (%)Free-kicks WonSuccessful DribblesTouches
Eden Hazard 1 1 75 6 84 6 8 123

In a creative capacity he was irresistible, as the Opta Stats suggest. Indeed, he fashioned a match-best six key passes, while completing eight dribbles and winning six free-kicks, as he caused countless problems for the visiting defence. 

Throughout an all action performance, along with Cesc Fabregas, he accrued more touches than any other player involved (115), while completing 84% of his total passes.

He also stood out as one of the Blues' most productive players in front of goal, as, his successfully converted penalty included, he managed four shots in total; three of which were accurate. In fact, only Loic Remy recorded more attempts (6).

Hazard has proven a lifeline for Chelsea on numerous occasion this term, and when the Blues haven't always been at their brilliant best, the 24-year-old has established himself as the differential - just as he did at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Belgian international continues to impress consistently at the highest level, and it is not difficult to envisage him winning the PFA Player of the Season award come the end of the campaign.

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