A dramatic Arsenal defeat at Anfield allowed Eden Hazard to step up to the plate and grab his first hat trick in Chelsea blue, as Chelsea cruised past Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side with a 3-0 victory.
After a world-class performance on Monday night against Manchester City, all eyes were on Eden Hazard and Chelsea to see if they can recreate the form that has made many believe they are still well in the mix for the title. Newcastle on the other hand were looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 thrashing at home to local rivals Sunderland, and had only won once in their last six prior to this. John Terry was ruled out with a minor muscle strain, making him miss his first Premier League minutes of the season, whilst Jose didn’t want to risk Fernando Torres, who is now back in training. Newcastle had top scorer Loic Remy ruled out through suspension and Cheick Tiote sidelined with a hamstring injury. Yohan Cabaye’s recent departure to PSG didn’t help matters for the Magpies, as 56% of Newcastle’s league goals this season have come from Cabaye and Remy.
After a quiet start, many believed we could be in for a long day at the office, however Chelsea were in control of the game, and it didn’t take long before Hazard was on target as he latched on to a low driven pass from Branislav Ivanovic and cooly finished the ball past Tim Krul in front of the Shed. Sissoko should have equalised soon after as Davide Santon played him clear, but Sissoko’s touch let him down and allowed Cech to race out of his goalmouth and block Sissoko’s chance. Hazard and Chelsea capatalised on this as Chelsea quickly added a second. Hazard dangerously ran towards the box before passing to Samuel Eto’o. Eto’o’s cheeky back heel back to the Belgian left Hazard calmly side footing the ball into the far corner of the goal.
Newcastle didn’t offer anything from there on, as Chelsea looked sure to overtake Arsenal on the table. Chelsea secured the win just following the hour mark, when Samuel Eto’o was brought down in the box by Mapou Yangwa-Mbiwa when challenging for a corner kick, and Hazard calmly sent Tim Krul the wrong way to secure his first hattrick for Chelsea.
Eden Hazard has now scored 12 league goals for Chelsea this season, which is three more than the Belgian managed last season, with 9 of those goals coming in his last 15 league games. Hazard has really stepped up this season after a slow start, and is quickly announcing himself as one of the best in the world.
With a pretty comfortable win and a debut for Mohammed Salah (although he missed two sitters), as a Chelsea fan I couldn’t be happier with today’s football. An embarrassing 5-1 loss at Anfield, Arsenal are now in second place in the league, so I am hoping Juan Mata does us some favours on Wednesday night to allow us to go four points clear. City were lucky to get a win away to Norwich, but I can’t complain with them only obtaining a point out of a possible six in the last week, whilst we collected all six.
Top of the league, come on the Chels! Although, we’re still the little horse according to Jose!