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Gueye kept Hazard quiet .

Idrissa Gueye trolls Eden Hazard despite Everton's defeat to Chelsea

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Chelsea's march towards the title hasn't quite been as inexorable as they might have expected a few months ago.

Tottenham remain in the race having beaten Arsenal 2-0 in the final north London derby at White Hart Lane, but the Blues' 3-0 win over Everton suggests they should have now done enough.

As much as Mauricio Pochettino claims his players were entirely focused on their own game, they must have cast a glance over to proceedings at Goodison Park at some stage.

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If that's the case, they'll have been disappointed to see Chelsea take a major step towards glory.

Pedro broke the deadlock with a sublime strike before Gary Cahill and Willian got in on the act.

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As Diego Costa's drought continues, Chelsea proved once again that they can muster goals from all over the pitch.

It's one of the reasons Antonio Conte's men are almost unstoppable on the break. Ronald Koeman had evidently identified Eden Hazard as the key man to keep out of the game, but shackling the Belgian wasn't enough to protect the Toffees from Chelsea's second-half blitz.

Nevertheless, it has to be said that the impressive Idrissa Gueye did a superb job of marking Hazard.

Hazard stifled again 

Granted, the playmaker provided the assist for Cahill's goal, but this wasn't his finest performance.

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Perhaps Gueye had taken his inspiration from Ander Herrera, who marked Hazard out of the game in Manchester United's recent 2-0 victory over the champions-elect. Whatever his secret was, his former Lille team-mate must be pleased he won't have to face him again this season.

Everton may have been humbled, but Gueye was rightly very pleased with himself after the game.

Crossing paths with David Luiz in the tunnel, the centre-back joked "where is Hazard?"

Gueye responded: "in my pocket!"

Luiz had obviously noticed what a job he had done on the playmaker, and the midfielder is likely to earn even more plaudits on Merseyside. Signing any player from Aston Villa last summer was a huge gamble, but it's one that has definitely paid off.

Ultimately, though, this was just another blip on what has been another fine season for Hazard, who only missed out on Player of the Year due to the brilliance of team-mate N'Golo Kante.

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