A Quite game at the Bridge; The Blues were nowhere near to a special performance but a performance good enough to earn them 3 valuable points.
Jose Mourinho opted to start with Mikel for suspended Fabregas; without the Spaniard, the creative flair in the midfield was completely missing. After the first 15 minutes, Mourinho’s men seemed out of touch; giving away possession and failing to convert important passes into goals.
Eden Hazard proved to be the difference by scoring a fabulous header early on, which happens to be the second such goal for him and setting up Costa for the second goal after Tom Huddlestone saw red. Although a deserved victory but not a comprehensive one.
7′ Eden Hazard
Mikel won the ball in midfield and Matic worked it out to Oscar on the left, who had ample time and space to find a cross deep, Hazard made his run and rised convincingly above Chester and thumped a low header past McGregor. Of the Belgian’s 65 goals in Ligue 1 and the Premier League, just two have been headers.
68′ Diego Costa
Eden Hazard again showcased his rich quality; the Belgian played a neat interchange of passes with Ivanovic and then fed a great ball to Costa inside the area, the striker placed a low shot beyond the keeper to give the Blues a two-goal advantage.
The Blues were far from perfect and poor refereeing made it look worse. Hull City lost all hopes after Tom Huddlestone was sent off for a poor challenge on Filipe Luis.
The Tigers now find themselves in the relegation battle after winning just one of their last 15 games. Jose Mourinho reached another milestone after earning 400 Barclay’s Premier League points in just 174 games.
The win has come at the right time for the Blues for confidence as they travel to Derby County on Tuesday in the Capital One Cup quarter-final and Mourinho will be looking to take another step toward his first silverware since returning to Chelsea.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi