Chelsea 2-0 West Ham: Sensational Eden Hazard display sees Blues rise to third in Premier League

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham: Sensational Eden Hazard display sees Blues rise to third in Premier League

Eden Hazard added another superb strike to his brilliant collection as his wonder goal helped Chelsea rise to third in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian showed what Chelsea fans could be missing next year with a stunning solo opener and a late second in a terrific display which could well convince Real Madrid to pay the reported £100million asking price for him.

Hazard beat numerous Hammers players for his first goal

The 28-year-old’s current Chelsea deal expires next summer and Madrid are reported to be closing in on his signature, although not without matching the Stamford Bridge hierarchy’s valuation.

Hazard moved to 19 goals in all competitions as he eyes the 20 mark for the first time at Chelsea. His 16 league goals leave him top of the pile for combined finishes and assists, with 28.

By the time Hazard applied the finish to his stunning opener, he had ghosted past Declan Rice and Mark Noble, and flummoxed Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna and Ryan Fredericks.

Watch Eden Hazard’s sensational first goal against West Ham

At the death, after Chelsea had wasted a succession of chances, up popped Hazard again, drilling home to seal the win.

Hazard sealed the win with a more routine goal

Hazard’s masterful first strike not only lit up the match, it also kept Chelsea in the hunt for that all-important top-four finish.

Maurizio Sarri’s men moved two points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham and three above Arsenal in fifth, albeit having played one more game than their Champions League qualification rivals.

From the moment Ogbonna was booked for taking out the marauding Hazard just eight minutes in, West Ham’s rearguard knew they were in for a night of looking over their shoulders.

Blind spots, weaknesses – Hazard sneaked into and scythed through all these and more in another mesmerising performance.