Chelsea returned to winning ways at the weekend after the international break as they got all 3 points against Norwich City. Although the win, their 4th of the season saw them only move a place further up the log table to 15th position, we still got a glimpse of last season’s Chelsea in the match, and the team would be looking to hang on to that victory for inspiration in their next games.
The best player in the top flight League for last season, Eden Hazard was particularly a standout player in the game as he reminded us of the Hazard that scooped the PFA Player of the year award last season as opposed to the one we have seen this season.
The Belgium international was deployed as a number 10, behind striker Diego Costa, and he seemed to have found his rhythm with the new role. He continuously made his trademark threatening runs towards the other end at both halves and was a regular thorn in the flesh of the Norwich City defence.
Although his goal drought didn’t end as he couldn’t get any or register an assist, but he isn’t far from the two with such displays and the next game against Tottenham will be a perfect way to return to goals and assists.
The 24 year-old revealed that he met with the coach to discuss a change in position for him and both agreed that he should play in his favorite role behind the striker, which seemed to be yielding effects. Hazard had played as a number 10 against Stoke City in the League Cup game, and despite the loss he was effective in the match. He said,
“We spoke together before the Stoke game. I said to him: ‘Maybe we have to try something, to change something. Maybe I have to play a No.10 because we have to try.’ We did and I played a very good game in the (League) Cup in Stoke. And, [against Norwich], it was the same. I tried to play my own game. I didn’t start the season well. I know that. I gave everything in training and on the pitch when I played. Now I hope I can get a lot more form and try to help the team win games.”
Chelsea’s return to winning ways might have started with the change in position of the playmaker, and they might have to stick with him as the number 10 instead of a number 7 if they are to continue this form. He also discarded rumours of a break down in relationship between the coach and himself saying,
I’ve heard a lot of things about this, but no. Everything is good with him. He is the best manager. He is the best manager for Chelsea, and we hope we can win a lot of trophies together. Maybe not this season because it will be difficult, but next season and on.”
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