GiveMeSport Live from Stamford Bridge.
In the same week Eden Hazard was nominated for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award, the Belgian forward delivered once again for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as they secured a crucial 1-0 victory over Manchester United to take them one step closer to the Premier League title.
The best teams don't always need to be at their ultimate best to secure the big results. They often have that added hunger and determination when things aren't quite going to plan. They also have world-class talents at their disposal. Chelsea, of course, have one of those.
Becoming a superstar
Belgian star – soon to be superstar – Eden Hazard is a truly fantastic footballer. Powerful and direct, Hazard has been a constant nuisance to Premier League defenders all season long. Today was no different.
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The opening goal was magical. On a splendidly warm evening in west London, Chelsea's talisman delivered a scorching blow to the Red Devils before the interval.
Unsurprisingly, it was the wonderfully talented duo of Cesc Fabregas and Oscar who combined to play in Hazard, who didn't disappoint. Taking the ball in his stride, Hazard kept his cool from the tightest of angles to place the ball through the legs of De Gea. Onto his knees he went, and the Blues had the lead.
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And moments into the second half, Hazard was at it again, but this time it wasn't to be. With one flick of the boot, he almost doubled Chelsea's lead - ultimately, the post denied him what would have been quite the goal.
Hazard is everything Manchester United fans were hoping club record signing Angel di Maria was going to be when he arrived from Champions League holders Real Madrid. Di Maria was subjected to a second half struggle from the bench, while Hazard ran the show...
Everytime he collects the ball, the Chelsea faithful rise in anticipation: they're waiting to be entertained; they're waiting for something brilliant.
The Mourinho factor
Don't be fooled, though, Hazard didn't arrive on English soil this good. He moved to Chelsea in hope of achieving something special.
And he found exactly that when the 'Special One' arrived. Jose Mourinho has changed him. Mourinho has developed him into an all-round giant of the game.
Yes, the Belgian supremo is quite the outlet for the Blues when they hit their rivals on the break, but he's also a grafter, ready to do anything for his side. That's what Mourinho has turned him into.
He's still improving
His biggest strength, of course, is that he's a match-winner, and he's only going to win more matches for the Blues under the guidance of the Portuguese tactician.
As he strolled off the field in the dying stages, every Blue in Stamford Bridge stood up to give him the ovation he most certainly deserved. They, like the rest of us, know he is a world-class player. Today only shows how far he has come, but the biggest worry for everyone else, is that he has far more to give.
Eden Hazard: The standout player of the match, and the standout player of the season.
Chelsea fans: Do you agree? How good will Hazard become? Have your say in the comments section below!
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