With his team languishing in 15th place and a tough game against in-form Tottenham Hotspur ahead, Jose Mourinho knew he had to do something to give Chelsea a chance to getting a result at White Hart Lane.
So the Special One chose today to deliver some rather surprising tactical decisions. Diego Costa, a man with just two Premier League goals to his name this season, was named on the bench.
But neither Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao were handed the chance to impress. Instead, Mourinho declared that summer signing Pedro Rodriguez would be playing in the 'False 9' role. That wasn't true.
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Instead, Eden Hazard was given the opportunity to stake his claim as Chelsea's very own Leo Messi. The Belgian has himself struggled for form this season and has yet to find the back of the net in any competition for the Blues, but his recent performances have obviously impressed Mourinho.
The reaction from Chelsea fans was mixed. Indeed, Hazard did fail to score in the 0-0 draw but he was impressive at times. In fact, if it was not for a fantastic save from Hugo Lloris in the 68th minute, Hazard would probably have a contender for goal of the season.
It was certainly a positive performance from the 24-year-old, even if it was still some way short of form he showed last season. But, of course, Chelsea face a tough task in rebuilding their confidence and Hazard showed the kind of spirit and fight that his team-mates can learn from.
Let's take a look at some of the reaction
But not everyone was convinced
And as for Diego Costa...
And what about Cesc Fabregas
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