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Eden Hazard’s top Chelsea assists

Hazard's Assist For Frank Lampard v Aston Villa

Eden Hazard reached yet another milestone on Sunday when he set up the winner in our 2-1 triumph at Fulham to become just the third player to record 50 goals and 50 assists for Chelsea in the Premier League.

In squaring the ball for Jorginho to fire home the vital goal in the 31st minute, the brilliant Belgian joined Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard as the only players to have hit the half-century mark in both categories for the Blues.

While Hazard reached double figures in Premier League goals in five of the past six seasons, this is the first time he has had managed more than 10 league assists in a campaign since his first year with the Blues in 2012/13, when he scored nine and set up 11.

To mark his latest milestone, here is a look back at some of his most memorable and important league assists as a Chelsea player over the past seven years.

Branislav Ivanovic v Wigan, August 2012

Hazard didn’t take long to make his mark on English football with a brilliant assist just two minutes into his Premier League debut at Wigan. Receiving the ball from Frank Lampard in the centre circle, he spun away from Ivan Ramis before delivering a precise through-ball for an overlapping Branislav Ivanovic to burst clear and fire past goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi for the opening goal in a 2-0 win.

 

Juan Mata v Tottenham Hotspur, October 2012

The Belgian combined well with Juan Mata to give us a 3-2 lead in a pulsating clash at White Hart Lane in the 2012/13 season. Receiving the ball from John Mikel Obi 30 yards out, he spotted his Spanish team-mate peeling away from his marker and played an incisive first-time pass which split the Spurs defence and sent Mata away to net his second goal of the game.

 

Frank Lampard v Aston Villa, May 2013

Hazard helped Lampard to make history by assisting on the goals at Villa Park with meant he equalled and then broke Bobby Tambling’s club scoring record. Having set up his 202nd goal on the hour, Hazard had a big part in the winner two minutes from time, playing a one-two with Ashley Cole before poking the ball into the centre for Lampard to hammer in his 203rd Chelsea strike from close range (video at the top of the page). 

 

Cesc Fabregas v QPR, April 2015

The Blues looked set to drop points at Loftus Road until Hazard helped conjure up a dramatic late winner in the west London derby. Gathering the ball in the QPR half after a poor clearance, the Belgian was marshalled towards the corner flag but escaped the attention of two defenders by playing a one-two with Oscar before rolling the ball into the path of Cesc Fabregas to secure a dramatic win which edged us closer to the title.

 

Marcos Alonso v Leicester, January 2017

The attacking threat of Hazard can sometimes give his team-mates the opportunity to take advantage of the space vacated by opposition defenders seeking to snuff out the Belgian. A case in point is Marcos Alonso’s opener in our 3-0 win at Leicester in early 2017 when Foxes defenders converged on Hazard in the middle of the box as he laid it off to the left for the unmarked Spaniard to slam his shot into the net.

 

Alvaro Morata v Southampton, October 2018

At the culmination of a superb 31-pass move, Hazard used his quick acceleration to craft an opening out of nowhere for the Blues. Receiving the ball on the left touchline, he played a one-two with Marcos Alonso to escape the attention of two Southampton defenders, working his way to the edge of the box, where he clipped a pass over a sliding defender to Alvaro Morata, who sealed a 3-0 win.

 

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