Today marks exactly five years since Chelsea completed the signing of Eden Hazard from French club Lille and the 26-year-old, who was named the club’s Player of the Year for the third time last week, has picked out some of his highlights from a wonderful 2016/17 season.
Hazard, who was inspirational as the Blues secured the Premier League title, ended the campaign with a place in the PFA Team of the Season for the fourth time in five years.
Speaking to the official Chelsea website the Belgian, who scored 17 goals, selects some his favourite strikes as well as choosing the most impressive team performances and best moments.
West Ham at home
'It’s always good to win the first game, especially at home, and this was a very tough match which we won late thanks to Diego’s goal. I’d missed a penalty the season before so I was glad to score and it’s always nice to get on the scoresheet in the first game. It was a key moment for myself and the team.'
Man City away
'It was an important goal in a fantastic win. I have to say we were a little bit lucky because they missed a lot of chances. I felt tired at the end of the run but when you score you want to celebrate and the Chelsea fans were right in front of me. When you are one-on-one with the goalkeeper it's not easy but I was confident because I knew exactly where I was going to put the ball. It was a good finish, game over.'
Arsenal at home
'It was a fantastic goal at home against a rival. We lost the away game so it was good to get revenge, we did well and it was a beautiful goal. I can score with long shots but I prefer these type of goals, like the ones against Tottenham and Liverpool last season, when I dribble past some players. That’s what I’m known for.'
Tottenham at Wembley (FA Cup semi-final)
'This was important because it helped take us to the final and it was my first goal at Wembley. It came at an important time because at 2-2 you never know which way it will go. I came off the bench to score and then Nemanja scored an unbelievable goal so it was a good night for us.'
TOP THREE GAMES
Everton at home
'We won 5-0, it was an unbelievable performance from the team and I scored two goals which was nice.'
Man United at home
'Pedro scored in the first minute which was a big help. When that happens if you are able to control the game you can win easily because your confidence is high and the opponent is a bit flat. N'Golo Kante also scored a very good goal in this game, his first for the club.'
West Brom away
'The game wasn’t good, or easy, but it didn’t matter because we just needed to win. Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score the winning goal and we were able to celebrate with the fans after. A special night for all of us.'
TOP THREE MOMENTS
Michy Batshuayi's title-winning goal at West Bromwich Albion
'It was a big moment for him to come off the bench and score such an important goal, and obviously it won us the league, so I have to choose this one.'
Signing N'Golo Kante
'N'Golo was such an important player for us this season and he deserved all of the awards he won. It was like playing with an extra man sometimes.'
John Terry's goodbye in our last home game
'It's been a privilege for me to play with such a legend for five years and it was an emotional day for us all when JT played his last game and said goodbye to the fans.'