Jose Mourinho has given other Premier League managers an elaborate example of how to beat Chelsea: man-mark Hazard and beat Chelsea seems to be the new plan now.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman planted Idrissa Gueye on Hazard all through the game, but despite his tactics, Chelsea won the game 3-0, and Blues legend Pat Nevin has warned opposition managers that there’s Pedro, Willian and also Cesc Fabregas to think of.
Nevin wrote in the official Chelsea website: “After Man United and Jose’s elaborate plan it was generally thought, stop Eden and you might just stop Chelsea. In the last week however Eden was rested for part of the game v Spurs and we still won. He still scored when he came on. Against Southampton he played as an auxiliary striker with Diego Costa and they were dynamite together. Everton tried the shadowplay on Eden, but it just left room for others. It is like putting your finger in a hole in the proverbial dyke, the pressure will just be released somewhere else. You ignore Willian, Cesc, Pedro et al at your peril.”