Nutmegs Firmino passes to Azpilicueta, who gives it back to Hazard, he cuts in Nutmegs Moreno and smashes a shot across the face of the Goal to comfortably beat Compatriot Simon Mignolet. Just like that, Chelsea went from being 1-0 down to 2-1 up in a span of seven Minutes and Eden Hazard created the first and Scored the second, such is the impact of the Belgian. So Much so that in the recent years, he has been often considered to be the Best player in the Premier League.
Eden Hazard and Chelsea give Liverpool their first loss of the season 🔵 pic.twitter.com/O8OeNMwpA3
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 26, 2018
Hazard made the FIFA FIFPro World XI, finished Second in the race for the Golden Ball at the World Cup in Russia and has already scored six Goals in Seven appearances this Season. Hazard has always been renowned as one of the most talented players in the Premier League, but there is something about the Belgian this Season that’s making several heads turn. So let’s try to break it down, shall we?
Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.
“We get more touches, more opportunities to create chances, to dribble more, more chances to shoot on target. Sarri is a manager who likes to have the ball. That makes a big difference”
— Chelsea Insight (@Chelseainsight_) September 28, 2018
Hazard is an adaptable player when you play for Chelsea it’s an occupational ‘hazard’ to be adaptable, pun intended. Hazard’s played under Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Gus Hiddink, Antonio Conte and now under Maurizio Sarri. Though Hazard was successful under all his former Managers, Maurizio Sarri’s style of play seems to suit him the most.
Sarri’s Style of play or Sarriball is possession based Football at it’s attacking best, with Slick movements, pinpoint ground passing and Clinical finishing in the Final Third. That philosophy basically summarises what Eden Hazard does Week in and Week out.
A Good World Cup
Eden Hazard for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup:
• Most duels won (77)
• Most touches in opp. box (46)
• Most take-ons (40)
• Most fouls won (27)
• Most shots (17)
• Most assists (3)
He was named FIFA Man of the Match in three of his six games. 😝 pic.twitter.com/7Mc3RICagG
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 14, 2018
Eden Hazard Led Belgium from the Front at the World Cup in Russia, with the Belgian Red Devils finishing at third place, which is their Best Performance at the World Stage. The fans of the Premier League knew exactly what this man was capable of, but the World took notice when Hazard pulled the strings for Belgium. The 27-Year-old proved that he’s truly a World Beater and he’s carried that confidence into the Premier League as well. From what his teammates and Coaches have said before it’s pretty conclusive that Hazard is immensely talented but is a laid-back character, Captaining his Nation has certainly made him a lot more Mature and responsible.
"If you don't score, we'll have to play another striker."
Maurizio Sarri cannot keep showing faith in his out-of-form striker.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) September 25, 2018
Alvaro Morata has misfired for Chelsea so far scoring only one Goal this Season, looking abysmal and lost on the pitch. Yes, it isn’t ideal that your first choice striker is incompetent in front of Goal while Olivier Giroud is a Striker that helps the Wingers create opportunities rather than going for Goal himself. This situation has presented as a perfect opportunity for Eden Hazard as he’s now Chelsea’s main Goal threat, a pressure situation that he seems to thrive in. If Hazard can continue scoring the way he is right now, Chelsea may not even need a through and through Striker.