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  1. How exactly did Hazard "make a meal out of it" ? He didn't roll around, grab his leg nor ask for a yellow card. He got up almost immediately after the challenge. He was spinning away from Herrera and he gets clipped on the leg where he's turning on. You can debate whether it's a second yellow but it's always a foul. I think the foul before by Jones was so blatant. There was just no attempt whatsoever for the ball. Just all about shoving Hazard to the ground so Jones could take up his defensive position again. It was so obvious and it had been happening a number of times. Ref caught on to it. If the situation was the same where we were fouling the opposition as many times as Man United did and Matic/Kante,already on a yellow card, did what Herrera did i'd be absolutely fuming with them. Already on a yellow card, teammates constantly fouling players, teammate just escaped yellow, ref 5 seconds before having a talk with the captain and then you go and try and get tight on the most skillfull player on the pitch ? Sorry but that's just pure stupidity from Herrera.
  2. Involved in the build up for the first goal. Got the assist for the third and could have had a second if Fabregas hit the net instead of the crossbar.
  3. I suggest you pick any one of those players and actually watch an entire season of them. I guarantee you they're going to have more then 5 bad games. Even Messi who's the best player in the world has more then 5 bad games a season. Disagree with that. Like Argo said there are very few games where Hazard is actually poor and not contributing. He does have games where he might not be dribbling past lots of players or scoring or assisting but still creating opportunities for his teammates by clever movement, passes and link up play. Hazard really has more to his game then just scoring, assisting and dribbling but people don't seem to care about anything other then those three things. I really feel like some people on here suffer from "the grass is always greener...". We're chelsea fans so we watch every game Chelsea plays that means that we also watch every game Hazard plays but there's noone here who watches all of Messi/ Ronaldo/Neymar/ Suarez/Sanchez's games. The more games you watch of a player the more "quiet" games you're going to see.
  4. But Standard Sport understands that Hazard also suffered a knock against Leicester just under three weeks ago and it has been affecting his performances. Hazard was seen pointing to his hamstring as he walked down the tunnel and went to have treatment on it from the club's staff.
  5. Was able to get some numbers from the 2014/2015 season using squawka and espn player stats and compared them ti his current numbers. 2014/2015: 2016/2017: 14 PL games 14 PL games 5 goals (2 penalties) 1 assist 8 goals (1 penalty) 1 assist 29 shots 12 on target 39 shots 19 on target 41 fouls suffered 48 fouls suffered 31 key passes 27 keypasses 66/108 take ons (61%) 57/79 take ons (72%) End of the season 2014/2015 : 38 pl games 14 (5 penalties) goals 9 assists 78 shots 33 on target 113 fouls suffered 90 key passes 180/280 take ons (64%)
  6. First step was letting go of Mourinho. Like you say he was the most to blame, along with a really poor preseason preparation. After that i think it was just a case of giving it time. Letting the dust settle and for everyone, players and supporters, to move on and be a but more relaxed about it all.
  7. Well i assume it means playing the way most top teams are playing these days. Both fullbacks pushing up high and wide allowing the wingers to tuck inside and roam into pockets of space (overloading the central areas), having CM's behind the ball that can pick a pass and be creative on the ball, having CB's that are able to play out from the back and play a high line.
  8. There's a big difference though between "some criticism" and labeling him a cheat and accusing him of downing tools.
  9. What a load of crap. The entire team was poor last season, are we too assume that every single one of them downed tools ? Not to mention Hazard played with an injury for the majority of the second part of the season.
  10. Think you've got it backwards. Hazard was playing injured for months and had to take painkillers to keep playing. Only when we didn't have anything to play for did we actually give him time to heal up properly and after a proper rest he was back to his best. Also think you're underestimating the pressure there is at the top level on the player and the medical staff to get the player ready as fast as possible. We're talking about millions at stake. The theory of Hazard downing tools makes little sense because i'm certain Hazard would have preferred playing in the CL next season considering that was the reason he came to Chelsea. Hazard also simply doesn't posses the personality to do something like that. He strikes me as calm, level headed guy who just enjoys playing football and isn't interested in schemes and playing dirty "politics". Do agree with you on the captaincy. Hazard isn't captain material. He's not the type to tell other people what to do or raise his voice when things aren't going well. Fabregas or Azpi for me. I'd keep Terry as Captain though even if he probably won't be a starter next season. Simply make one of the 2 vice captain.
  11. That's not how Conte plays. His style is more direct then that. He likes his team to build from the back and have possession but his defenders will also frequently be playing long balls over the defence with his wide players looking to constantly get in behind the opponents fullbacks.
  12. Good players need other good players to play off of. You don't win trophies with just 1 good player and 9 other worker ants. Also we're talking about winning the CL which means going up against the likes of Real and Barcelona. The gap in quality between us and teams like that is just too big atm for Hazard alone to bridge it.
  13. I don't really see the need to buy another goalscorer. Even with the poor form of our attacking players this season we still managed to score 59 times. Only 9 goals behind the champions leicester and 12 goals behind the team that scored the most goals, Man City. That was with Hazard only scoring 4 goals this season and costa only scoring 12. So i think we're fine and don't need another striker.
  14. I think that has more to do with the lack of quality in the squad rather then Hazard. We haven't exactly been surrounding Hazard with lots of other worldclass talent now have we ? Oscar and Willian work hard but they aren't really top players. His first 2 seasons here we played with Torres as the main striker while having Ramires and Lampard in midfield. Then there's our defence which has been/still is a bit of an anchor that, whenever we play good teams, forces us to defend deep and play on the counter because Ivanovic, Terry and even Cahill just don't have enough pace to play a high line and they simply aren't able to handle 1 vs 1 situations with pacey attackers and space in behind them. That puts a lot of distance between Hazard and the oppositions goal while also not giving him much support to work with when he does reach the oppositions half. No coincidence that he ended up playing his best season for us when Costa and Fabregas were added to the squad and we ended up winning the PL. Now we just need to overhaul our defence and shore up our midfield which according to the rumours seems to be what we're looking to do.