Antonio Conte’s 12 consecutive Premier League wins were achieved largely on the back of making Chelsea play like a cohesive unit again. However, just like during the Blues’ title winning 2014/15 season, both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have been key players for the London side, with their form directly affecting the team.
Thus when Diego Costa earned a booking against Palace and was forced to miss the game against Bournemouth, many expected Chelsea to have a tougher time breaking down Eddie Howe’s side.
However, Eden Hazard proved to be the difference once again, replacing Costa upfront but playing as a False 9.
The Belgian playmaker had what was easily his best game of the season, taking on and beating players at fun whilst also playing a key role in the attack that led to Pedro’s opener and later earning a penalty which he duly converted.
Hazard also created a lot of chances both for himself and his team-mates and made life tough for the Cherries’ defence. See the highlights of Eden Hazard’s performance against Bournemouth below: