Eden Hazard is on the verge of recapturing form

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Everybody at Chelsea football club can breathe a sigh of relief after the Blues managed to defeat Norwich City to earn their long-awaited fourth Premier League victory.

Diego Costa scored the solitary goal of the game in the 64th minute to secure three points for the west London club.

Jose Mourinho's side were the dominant force in the game, controlling possession, creating several chances and deservedly securing the victory.


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Chelsea performed exceptionally well, showing glimpses of the league winning side of last season, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic rediscovering their form and silencing their critics.

However, the biggest positive to come from the clash was the resurgence of Eden Hazard. Last season’s PFA Player of the Year looked menacing throughout the game, running rings around the Norwich defence and completely dominated the midfield.

It is safe to say the Belgian has had a horrendous start to the season, yet to register a goal in the Premier League and securing a meagre two assists so far.

All previous comparisons of the winger with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar seem to have faded away with Chelsea’s shambolic Premier League title defence.

Hazard's capitulation was summed up last month when he failed to score a decisive penalty in the shootout against Stoke City, culminating in his side's elimination from the Capital One Cup.

However, the 24-year-old looked a completely different person on Saturday. He was sharp, quick off the blocks and showed the skill and desire he had last season, displaying a stellar man of the match performance.

His trademark quick turns and dazzling footwork left the Norwich defence dumbfounded. Playing as the central attacking playmaker in the midfield three, he seemed to enjoy the added responsibility and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

There were a few instances, in particular, where the Belgian looked unstoppable and seemed to play at a different level than the others on the pitch. He beat Andre Wisdom for pace down the right flank and delivered a brilliant cross into the penalty box but his side did not have enough bodies in the box and the threat was averted.

The former Lille man also won the free-kick which was quickly taken by Fabregas to free Costa in the centre as he smashed home the winner.

The Belgian was substituted in the 89th minute and received a standing ovation by the Stamford Bridge faithful for his mesmerising performance and a potential return to form.

One game is too early to judge the Belgian's credentials this season, nonetheless, the signs look promising and it feels as though Hazard has finally woken up from his bad dream.

Secondly, a 1-0 success against minnows Norwich being celebrated so grandly shows how far Chelsea have slumped this season.

The champions and Eden Hazard have a long road to salvation, but this win could be the start of that revival.

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