Eden Hazard stole the show as Chelsea romped to a 4-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday.
Maurizio Sarri’s side recovered from the early blow of falling behind to Neil Warnock’s newly promoted side to maintain their impressive 100% start to the new season.
Sol Bamba prodded the visitors in front to threaten a surprise result, but Hazard turned the game on its head with two superb goals in a devastating seven-minute spell before half time.
Hazard drew his side level in the 37th minute, arrowing a low right-footed shot across Neil Etheridge after he had been set free by Olivier Giroud.
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The former Arsenal striker, preferred from the start to Alvaro Morata, turned provider again a minute before the break, allowing Hazard to cap a fine move with his second of the afternoon.
And the Belgium international completed his hat-trick, his first in the Premier League since November 2014, from the penalty spot with 10 minutes remaining.
Hazard was then withdrawn to a standing ovation and as he left the pitch, assistant coach Gianfranco Zola was seen bowing in appreciation of the 27-year-old’s masterful display.