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Hazard double eases pressure on Chelsea
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17 February, 2018

To put it simply, everything positive they do goes through him, and that was evident once more against West Brom, in which he registered his 10th and 11th league goal of the season, which makes him the club's leading Premier League scorer. To go over old wounds, especially when you've come back with the intent to think positively, is not going to help anyone.

04 Rodriguez is clipped by Fabregas follow-through but Lee Mason waves away the appeals.

The England global went down after pressure from Chelsea defender Cezar Azpilicueta and was unable to continue.

Foster's outstretched leg also prevented Giroud getting his name on the Chelsea scoresheet for the first time when he paddled Hazard's well-spotted pass across the turf. "Training is okay but games are better and more important".

West Brom could have scored.

Foster's leg saved Chelsea's next shot, that from the boot of Moses too, but the opposition keeper remained rooted when from nearly the same patch of turf as that Moses drive, Hazard smashed the ball into the bottom corner for 3-0.

Out-of-form Chelsea, unbeaten in 13 home matches against West Brom, slowly started to grow into the match and were good value for their goal when it arrived 25 minutes in.

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The tempo of the game seemed to slow following the goal, and Chelsea settled into the lion's share of possession, trying to control the game as best they could. "And they need to come quickly".

The former Manchester City and Chelsea striker made his debut for West Brom as a 78th-minute substitute in their 3-0 defeat by Manchester City on 31 January. "It happened very early in the game, but we don't think it is a tear".

Let's take a football player in general who hasn't played for a while, you have to become match fit.

Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois denied Salomon Rondon after the burly frontman had bullied centre-half Andreas Christensen shortly before the hour mark, while skipper Jonny Evans headed narrowly over from the resulting corner.

Eden Hazard's brilliant double sandwiched Victor Moses's goal to give Antonio Conte's team a much-needed win after some recent troubles.

The home side's sheer dominance was so evident.

Rodriguez spurned a great opportunity moments later when drilling the ball wide from the edge of the box, despite having time to carry the ball closer to goal following a poor Moses header.


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