It was an easy win for the blues on the boxing day of 2014 where they outclassed cross London rivals West Ham United in a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.
It was also an entertaining fixture for the men in blue as they dominated the game with 67% possession, 20 shots on goal with 10 on target and won 15 free kicks. This was one of those games where it is very difficult to identify the best player on the field as the whole squad played outstanding football.
So after intense discussions and inspections we have reached the conclusion that Eden Hazard was the best performer in this 2-0 victory.
Eden Hazard Player Analysis: GHJB Rating 9.5/10
This was one of the cases where a player looks unbeatable and the Belgian world beater gave an astounding performance again on the pitch.
Hazard’s performance was brilliant throughout the game and he didn’t give a moment of peace to the west ham defenders. He played the classic Eden Hazard game of dancing around the defenders while making them fall left, right and behind himself. Hazard’s contribution was noteworthy in both attacking and defensive aspects of the game.
Hazard raked an assist via a through ball to Diego Costa in the second half and created 4 chances as well. His passing was outrageous with brilliant flair and with an accuracy of 90 percent. 48 out of the 55 passes that he attempted went in the right direction. He also attempted 2 shots on goal but both were blocked by the keeper. His coordination with other players on the field was outstanding as he was involved in almost every link-up play. He attempted 3 tackles but only 1 was successful but this is understandable for the nature of his work, 4 out of his 6 take ons were success and were also fruitful.
Image and Stats courtesy Squawka.com
Here’s a heat map of Hazard’s performance versus West Ham. This map clearly shows that Hazard’s activity in the attacking half was very effective and intense, majorly on the left side.
It was an outrageous performance by Hazard especially after recovering from an recently caught knock in the Monday night fixture versus Stoke. Taking his current form into consideration the chances of him starting the next game versus Southampton scheduled for the 28th of December are high. We may again expect a top notch performance by him.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi