Chelsea won a game with a big margin of 4-1 over Bournemouth in Premiere League match on Saturday, and it seemed that old players are back with their tremendous form as Eden Hazard and Fabregas performed.
Eden Hazard finally managed to score in the Premier League as Chelsea thrashed Bournemouth 4-1.
Cesc Fabregas was part of all of Chelsea’s goals in a commanding performance to mask the Blues’ defensive frailties.
The Spaniard playmaker’s inch-perfect through-balls teed up strikes for Pedro and Willian while his astute flick round the corner let fit-again Hazard drill home from 20 yards.
This was frequently brilliant and occasionally compelling, with no two men more impressive than Hazard, who scored twice, and Fabregas, the puppet master with three extremely good assists.
Hazard added another late on, and these were his first Premier League goals since May 2015. Some drought for last season’s PFA Player of the Year but, though there were still signs of rust after five games out, this was a vastly improved display compared to some this season.
The Premier League recently moved the fixture from Sunday to Saturday lunchtime, to give the Manchester side longer to prepare for Tuesday’s monumental tie.
Fabregas got his third assist after the break with another lovely pass between Cook and Daniels. This time, Willian was waiting, and again Boruc was chipped. The fourth, in stoppage time, was no less aesthetic. Hazard started the move on the left and Fabregas laid off to Nemanja Matic, who pulled back for Hazard to finish. Blink and you would have missed it.
Brilliant football from a team and individuals who used to do it so often. If they play like this against Tottenham on May 2, Chelsea might yet have a say in the title race.
Chelsea boss praised Fabregas and said a player of such gifts has been damned and slammed in this strange season for the number of games in which he coasted. Here, he surged. It was a stunning performance.
He made each of the first three goals for Pedro, Hazard, and Willian before playing a part in Hazard’s second at the death. As they went in, Chelsea’s supporters sang: ‘You better beat Tottenham.’ Those London rivals are next up for Guus Hiddink’s side, who find themselves on the outside looking in as the trophies are decided.