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  1. I think Hazard can sometimes be a bit too calculated when deciding what to do with the ball. I do sometimes wish he would try and force the issue a bit more. Try things that might not work 9 or 8 out of 10 times.
  2. At 12:20 it shows a number of clips from the game where they highlighted just how much space there was in the central areas because Gueye was man marking Hazard.
  3. It's not about being found out. Man marking is essentially a trade off. You limit the influence of 1 player but weaken the overall defensive solidity of your team (as you lose 1 player who's not concerned with anything else but the player he's supposed to mark). Problem with having Hazard run into our own half is that it plays into the other teams hands. The point of man marking Hazard is to limit his influence. Having him move further away from goal would only help the opposition. Problem with having Hazard out on the wing is that it's a more isolated position. It's also easier to defend out wide as the sideline acts as another defender. If Hazard is wide then the only place he can go with the ball is to the inside. Regardless of what Hazard does when the opposition man mark him his influence on the game is always going to be less then what it could be. The solution is for the rest of our players to take advantage of the extra space that they are given. Only thing Hazard can do is keep making runs and make the moments he's able to get away from his man marker count.
  4. Agreed. You can make strong cases for both Hazard and Kante winning POTY. Both have been vital to us.
  5. PFA player of the year is where all the players in the league get to vote. PFA = players football association FWA player of the year gets voted by the journalists. FWA = football writers association There's also the barclays player of the season which gets decided by "a panel assembled by the league's sponsor – currently Barclays – consisting of members of "football's governing bodies, the media and fans".
  6. I understand how you feel but you have to realize that football is a very profitable business nowadays and footballers are just profitting from that. Wages were always going to go up after the new tv deal in 2016. I mean an increase from £5.5 billion to £8.3 was always going to lead to higher wages for players.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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%)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. There's a big difference though between "some criticism" and labeling him a cheat and accusing him of downing tools.