Chelsea star Eden Hazard this afternoon reached and subsequently surpassed a hugely-impressive milestone in his club career, after netting a brace versus Huddersfield. The Blues welcomed Premier League basement-dwellers Huddersfield to Stamford Bridge a short time ago.
Chelsea headed into the clash desperate to return to winning ways, after being thoroughly-embarrassed en route to a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Bournemouth last time out. And, in the end, get back to winning ways was exactly what the hosts managed, in absolutely ruthless fashion. The capital giants took the lead this afternoon with just 9 minutes on the clock, when Gonzalo Higuain opened his account for the club with a superb rifled finish from a tight angle.
Chelsea went on to double their lead on the stroke of half-time, when Eden Hazard dispatched from the penalty spot. Hazard subsequently went doubled his tally for the day with his 2nd with 66 minutes on the clock, before Higuain also notched his brace less than 5 minutes later.
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And an utterly-dominant performance on the part of the Blues was rounded out 5 minutes from time, when David Luiz got in on the scoring with a deflected header from Willian’s corner.Chelsea’s win, meanwhile, also saw the club’s star man, Eden Hazard, surpass a massively-impressive career milestone.
In netting his first goal of the day, Belgian attacker Hazard reached the mark of 200 direct contributions to league goals over the course of his club career:
200 – Eden Hazard has now been directly involved in 200 goals in his top-flight league career (116 goals, 84 assists), with 129 of those coming for Chelsea. Amass. #CHEHUD
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And Hazard went on to make it 201 with his 2nd this afternoon. It was a much-needed victory for Maurizio Sarri whose methods have come under intense scrutiny of late with some suggesting post-Bournemouth that his job could be on the line if results and performances didn’t improve quickly.
That Higuain played a big part in Chelsea getting back to winning (and scoring) ways in the Premier League will have only made the three points even sweeter for the Chelsea boss given it was he who pushed so hard for the Argentine’s signature.
At the start of the season, it looked as though Hazard might finally blossom into a player capable of scoring 20 plus goals in the Premier League as he racked up seven goals in his opening eight games. The goals soon dried up, though, with Hazard going seven without another until registering against Brighton in mid-December.
The arrival of Higuain has enabled him to move back to his best position on the flank and should help him rediscover his scoring touch. His first was an ice-cool penalty, dispatched after he himself had been brought down but the second highlighted how Higuain’s role can help him out, as he ghosted in off the left and into space before rounding Lossl and passing a finish into the net.
EPL: Chelsea finally tell Real Madrid how much to pay for Hazard
Real Madrid will have to pay a huge amount to sign forward, Eden Hazard, away from Premier League giants, Chelsea this summer.
The Spanish giants are eyeing Hazard as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who after nine years, left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in an £88million deal last summer.
According to Belgian outlet, HLN, Chelsea wants at least £98.5million for Hazard after rejecting Real Madrid’s opening offer for the 28-year-old.
Hazard is a huge admirer of Zidane as a coach and named the French legend as his idol growing up.
The Belgium international has so far refused to sign a new long-term deal with Chelsea as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract at Stamford Bridge.
FA Cup semi-final fixtures revealed [See full draw]
Manchester City will play Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
City came from two goals down to defeat Swansea City in the quarter-final on Saturday, while Brighton needed extra time to see off Millwall today.
Watford face Wolverhampton Wanderers, who eliminated Manchester United yesterday.
The games will take place over the weekend of April 6.
Both fixtures will be played at Wembley Stadium.
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