Inside Blue Tue 21 Nov 2017
Saturday's game at the Hawthorns was the seventh time Eden Hazard has netted two or more goals in a Premier League match. When that happens, it always ends well for Chelsea...
The Blues No10 was at his dazzling best in our 4-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion, having a hand in the opener for Alvaro Morata and then netting a superb brace to take his tally for the season in all competitions to five.
Multiple-goal games for the Belgian are nothing new and we take a look back at the previous occasions when he has been at the double for Chelsea.
Cardiff City – October 2013
After an impressive debut campaign at the Bridge, Hazard stepped up another notch in 2013/14 on his way to winning the club's Player of the Year award for the first time. His first brace for the Blues came against Premier League newcomers Cardiff City, although his opener owed much to the audacity of Samuel Eto'o, who nipped in to dispossess goalkeeper David Marshall as he prepared to kick the ball clear and teed up Hazard for an easy finish. He added a second late on to help us to a 4-1 victory.
Sunderland – December 2013
Hazard tormented Black Cats full-back Phil Bardsley throughout this seven-goal thriller at the Stadium of Light. His first goal, to put us 2-1 up, was vintage Hazard as he cut in from the left past defender before firing a bouncing strike into the far corner. After Sunderland equalised, he linked up superbly with Frank Lampard, taking a back heel into his stride and holding onto the ball long enough to find a yard of space in which to smash a right-footed shot past Vito Mannone. We eventually won the game 4-3.
Newcastle United – February 2014
Another North-East side were on the receiving end of a Hazard masterclass in the 2013/14 season – and this time he went one better to complete his only hat-trick for the Blues. The first two goals both featured one-twos; the first, after a pass from Branislav Ivanovic, was dispatched with a sweeping finish into the far corner, while the second was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it goal, featuring a neat flick by Eto'o and a first-time finish from Hazard. The match-ball was all his after he confidently rolled home a penalty which secured a 3-0 victory.
Bournemouth – April 2016
While the 2015/16 season was a tough one for Hazard and his Chelsea team-mates, our No10 ended the campaign strongly. This brace against Bournemouth featured his first Premier League goals of the campaign, firing past Artur Boruc at the near post and then tucking home a neat finish from inside the box to make it 4-1. A week later he came off the bench to score our 'Goal of the Season' in the 2-2 draw with Spurs which clinched the Premier League title for Leicester City.
Everton – November 2016
Match of the Day commentator John Motson hailed this as the best team performance he'd ever seen in the Premier League – and Hazard was right at the heart of it. After cutting in from the left to score our opener at the end of a swift counter, his flick helped set-up Marcos Alonso 23 seconds later, and he made it 4-0 after taking a pass from Pedro and drilling a shot into the bottom corner. Although Tim Howard kept out a Hazard shot to deny him a hat-trick, Pedro turned home the rebound. All in all, it was a sparkling performance on Bonfire Night from Hazard and the Blues.
Manchester City – April 2017
Prior to the weekend, Hazard's most recent Premier League brace had been scored past a goalkeeper who he now calls a team-mate. This victory moved us a step closer to the title and it owed a huge amount to the brilliance of the Belgian, whose deflected strike gave us the lead. After City had equalised, Hazard had a chance to put us back ahead from the spot and though Willy Caballero kept out his penalty, the rebound was turned home and we held on for a 2-1 win. For the first time in his career, Pep Guardiola had suffered home and away league defeats to the same opponents in a single league season.