Eden Hazard scored a brace as Chelsea defeated West Ham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. The goals marked Hazard’s 15th and 16th Premier League goal of the season, and his 19th in all competitions this season.
With this victory for Chelsea, the Blues are now up to third on the table, pending Arsenal and Tottenham’s outstanding game.
Hazard’s first goal was a sublime effort and it showed why he’s a world-class player as he picked up the ball midway in West Ham’s half, and superbly went past four players like they weren’t there before evading a last-ditch sliding challenge to fire low past Lukasz Fabianski.
Hazard’s first goal marked his 84th in the Premier League and it put him level with the tally Cristiano Ronaldo ended up on during his time at Manchester United before leaving for Real Madrid.
Hazard wasn’t done as he scored a crucial second goal to seal Chelsea’s win and the goal took his Premier League tally to 85, scoring more goals than Ronaldo did in the Premier League.
Hazard has now been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any player this season with 16 goals and 12 assists in 32 league games for the Blues.
At the end of the game, Hazard told reporters: “I think we played well. The game was not so easy because West Ham is a great team.
“They created problems but in the end we did everything. We scored two great goals.
“The first goal? It is something special. I take the ball and when I can go forward I try to go forward. When I am in the box it is hard for a defender to challenge me because if they touch me it might be a penalty.
“I think I am a bit lucky when I shot, but it is a good goal. When I saw the ball in the net I was happy. I am small, so for me it is good. When I play against big guys it is very hard for them to change direction.”