Eden Hazard was the star of the show against Cardiff and the statistics from our big win highlight just how influential he was not only at the Bridge yesterday, but during his six years at Stamford Bridge…
Hat-trick hero Eden Hazard netted with three of his four attempts yesterday. The Belgian also recorded a game-high four dribbles.
Hazard has now scored in more home Premier League games without ending on the losing side than any other player in the history of the competition. He has scored in 37 home Premier League games, of which we have won 34 and drawn three.
His treble yesterday made him the fourth Chelsea player to have netted more than one Premier League hat-trick for the Blues, after Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. He also entered our top 10 list of all-time scorers.
Hazard’s fellow winger Pedro also had four shots out of our team total of 18. We netted with four of seven on-target efforts.
In the minutes between Cardiff taking the lead and half-time, we had 10 attempts as we sought to break down the resolute Bluebirds.
It was another game where we dominated possession, recording a 76.6 percent share of the ball. Only Cesar Azpilicueta (100) had more touches of the ball than Hazard’s 97.
Our pass success rate was 87 per cent (compared to Cardiff’s 59 per cent) as we completed 663 of our 762 passes.
Jorginho made the highest number of accurate passes (81) followed by Azpilicueta (69) and Hazard (63).
Second-half sub Ross Barkley completed 96 per cent of his passes and the man who he replaced, Mateo Kovacic, was next highest in that department with 94 per cent.
When it came to key passes that led to shooting opportunities, Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud each made three. The Frenchman assisted two of Hazard’s goals.
Looking at the defensive side of the game, Antonio Rudiger won a game-high seven aerial duels. The German contested 15 defensive aerials, three times as many as anyone else on the pitch.
Azpilicueta was our top tackler winning three challenges, while David Luiz and Rudiger recorded a game-high five clearances.