CHELSEA maintained a seven-point advantage over Tottenham at the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought victory over Manchester City – and isn’t it good to see Eden Hazard back to his best?
Having been named Player of the Year the season before last, the Belgian went missing last time out. But he’s come back with a bang. And is a joy to see when in full flow.
Not if you’re an opposition defender, of course, but from an outside observer’s perspective we can only sit back and admire.
His touch on the ball is sublime; his footwork mesmerising; his finishing clinical.
The way he is playing at the moment means he is in line to regain his Player of the Year trophy.
Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez might have something to say about that. David Silva at Manchester City too. Dele Alli and Philippe Coutinho could come into the mix also.
Who’s your money on?
Hazard was in imperious form last night as Chelsea put City in their place and, despite failing to convert his penalty, he managed to score from the rebound.
So adding to his earlier deflected strike to earn great praise from his manager who hailed him as a world beater.
It was a tough night for Chelsea, and for manager Antonio Conte in particular. He suffered the same as his players.
But was happy enough in the end. “We must be pleased because we beat a strong team – the best team in the league. I think they have a great coach – the best in the world. To win this type of game at this time of the season is great.”
City boss Pep Guardiola told Match of the Day: “It’s an honour to have the amazing players I have. We come here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we have, with huge personality. I’m a lucky guy to manage these guys.”
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