Chelsea Talisman, Eden Hazard scored only his second ever Chelsea hat-trick as the Blues beat Cardiff City 4-1 to go top of the Premier League Table. Maurizio Sarri joined an elite group of Managers after winning his first five games in charge of Chelsea, with only Craig Shakespeare, Pep Guardiola, and Carlo Ancelotti able to achieve the same. It was all positive for Chelsea, but for Cardiff on the other hand, the disappointment continued. Despite going 1-0 up in the first-half Neil Warnock’s side failed to get anything out of the game and suffered yet another loss.
Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 15, 2018
Souleymane Bamba opened the scoring for Cardiff City in the 16th Minute, and the visitors were shockingly in front. Cardiff Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge denied Mateo Kovacic twice standing tall and wide. The Philippines keeper was pretty impressive till Eden Hazard wreaked havoc. The Belgian made a few quick one-touch passes, and after a set-up pass from Olivier Giroud, Hazard cut in and put the ball past Etheridge to equalize in the 37th Minute.
Hazard doubled up seven minutes later. Yet again it was Olivier Giroud who held up the ball beautifully making it easy for Hazard to tap in from close range. Giroud was exceptional as a Target man, and Hazard even went on to say that Giroud is probably the best Target man in the World.
Eden Hazard on Olivier Giroud: "He's a target man, maybe the best in the world, when he gets the ball he holds it. For us it's a pleasure to play with him, when Morata was playing it's different, he's a different player"
Seems like Hazard has a favourite then! 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/ATySR2LIYj
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) September 15, 2018
Chelsea went into the break having completed a 2-1 comeback, but Cardiff was still very much in the game. Cardiff’s Bobby Decordova-Reid came close to scoring for the “Bluebirds”, but aside from that, it was Chelsea’s domination at the display. Hazard linked up with Willian and just like that the Brazilian found himself in the penalty box in a dangerous position. Willian was brought down by Sol Bamba, and the referee pointed to the spot. Eden Hazard coolly stepped up and scored his third goal of the game.
Willian capped off the win with an impressive goal from outside the box, slotting the ball straight into the top corner. Chelsea and Sarri continued their dominant start to the Premier League, and the Chelsea fans will be hoping things stay the same.
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