Experiences continue on to connection Hazard with a summer time shift to Real Madrid with the Belgian refusing to increase his agreement at Stamford Bridge beyond 2020.
And he underlined at the time extra how a great deal Chelsea will miss out on their number 10 should really he depart for the Spanish money with a dazzling display screen, capped by a sensational solo goal to open up the scoring.
Hazard gathered the ball just inside of the West Ham half, but strode forward jinking earlier three defenders just before coolly slotting earlier Lukasz Fabianski right after 24 minutes.The hosts and Hazard had to wait right until stoppage time to safe the a few points as this time he managed inside the box and fired into the far corner for his 19th goal of the season.
Victory moves Chelsea two points clear of Tottenham and three ahead of fifth-positioned Arsenal in the race for a best-four end, but the two their London rivals and Manchester United — five points back in sixth — now have a game in hand on Sarri’s men.
In contrast to Hazard’s type, Gonzalo Higuain has managed just 3 goals since signing up for Chelsea on loan in January, all against already relegated opposition in Huddersfield and Fulham.
The Argentine stated his wish right before kick-off to make his transfer long-lasting really should Chelsea properly attraction a just one-12 months transfer ban imposed by FIFA, but he experienced a different evening to forget about in front of goal.
Soon right after opening the scoring, a amazing looping Hazard pass picked out Higuain inside of the area but a mix of Fabianski and the post denied him a considerably-required goal from a slender angle.
Marko Arnautovic was then privileged to stay away from conceding a spot kick for barging into Hazard, but that appeared the Hammers’ only way of stopping the Belgian skipper.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was handed just his second EPL League start and the teenage England global was only denied his very first prime-flight goal by a flying save from Fabianski to idea his growing drive above.
Higuain’s deficiency of assurance was in evidence as he passed up the probability to head home N’Golo Kante’s cross and as an alternative saw his shot deflected behind following having a contact to handle on his upper body.
Hazard on the other hand was demanding the ball at each individual option and was to start with to threaten all over again soon after the split with a shot that flashed across the West Ham goal.
Even so, owning unsuccessful to muster a solitary attack of take note before the crack, the visitors sparked into daily life in the next half and could have made Chelsea pay for their failure to destroy the game off.
Arnautovic’s intelligent cut-again picked out the unmarked Manuel Lanzini at the edge of the box, but his shot was way too close to Kepa Arrizabalaga just before Aaron Cresswell then arrowed a shot inches large of the far post.
The the vast majority of the probabilities ongoing to arrive at the other close, while, as Ruben Loftus-Cheek lifted his work into the grateful arms of Fabianski with just the Polish goalie to conquer.
Ross Barkley then just unsuccessful to access a harmful Hudson-Odoi cross and Fabianski denied substitute Olivier Giroud as Sarri grew significantly annoyed on the sidelines.
The Italian was finally capable to rest in stoppage time when Hazard was provided acres of area to command Barkley’s move and manufactured the end to match his efficiency.