EDEN HAZARD ought to be the subsequent Chelsea participant down the hairdresser having his bonce dyed blue.
His team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko did the identical in recognition of scoring his first Premier League purpose two weeks in the past.
Final night time Hazard acquired his first within the league this season to assist dig the champions out of a gap as they struggled to discover a well beyond cussed Bournemouth.
It’s been a dry begin to the marketing campaign for the sensible little Belgian who notched up 16 Premier League targets final season – solely 4 lower than striker Diego Costa, who has since been bought.
That reveals how necessary Hazard’s contribution is as a purpose getter in addition to a purpose maker to the membership and particularly boss Antonio Conte proper now.
For Hazard’s 51st minute strike which was despatched with spectacular venom from his tiny boots, retains Chelsea within the chasing pack behind league leaders Manchester Metropolis.
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It additionally retains the factors rolling in when Chelsea are performing approach under their finest as this efficiency underlines.
Conte simply loves speaking about ‘exhausting work’ when questioned about his demanding strategies and relentless will to win.
Chelsea definitely made heavier climate of this match than they might have performed in the event that they had been firing on all cylinders.
They’d 16 photographs to Bournemouth’s six – but solely Hazard’s scientific purpose stood between the 2 groups on the remaining whistle.
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The guests additionally had twice as a lot possession than the house group but Conte may have headed again to London from the South Coast a relieved fairly than a deliriously joyful man.
That is the third win in every week, three from three video games, however nonetheless there appears a spark lacking on this Chelsea group and it could possibly’t all be all the way down to accidents and the burden of a heavy fixture listing.
Manchester Metropolis have performed the identical quantity of video games however sit 9 factors clear on the high of the desk and appear to be a group which might play all night time. That’s the distinction confidence offers to gamers and it’s straightforward to identify when it’s absent.
Positive that they had possibilities and Begovic performed a blinder in purpose for The Cherries however Chelsea ought to be knocking them in in fast succession with the firepower at hand to Conte.
Morata has been struggling to search out the goal however was denied by Begovic’s excellent one-handed save within the 34th minute when he carved out area within the field however left it a fraction of a second too late to drag the set off on his shot.
That gave Begovic simply sufficient time to hurry off his line and unfold his big body to palm the ball clear in a exceptional piece of goalkeeping.
Morata had been crushed to the punch by Begovic earlier within the first half when fed the ball on the close to publish by Hazard.
The Spaniard, who smashed residence six targets final month has not scored all through October. However least he’s digging in and doing the soiled work and it was simply that which introduced concerning the decisive shot from Hazard.
Morata was approach again within the centre circle surrounded by three Bournemouth gamers when he muscled his approach clear and lofted a ball diagonally to Hazard on the run down the left.
Defender Simon Francis missed the try at a clearance together with his outstretched leg and Hazard latched onto the chance.
With out breaking stride he blasted residence a shot which beat Begovic at his close to publish undoing the previous Chelsea keeper’s heroics from the primary half.
It was sufficient – simply – to maintain Chelsea chugging alongside however they rode their luck at instances.
Bournemouth sub Jordon Ibe had a ferocious, rising shot deflected over by the thickness of Antonio Rudiger’s shinpad. That was his group’s first heading in the right direction all match and it got here 9 minutes into the second half.
Defender Steve Cook dinner additionally ought to have picked his goal higher when offered with an opportunity within the dying seconds, solely to goal the ball straight at 6ft 5in Thibaut Courtois.
The second half was an enormous enchancment offensively for Bournemouth however they paid the value by leaving tine tiniest of gaps on the again for Hazard to squeeze by way of and deal the killer blow.
Hazard ought to have made it 2-Zero however surprisingly shot over the bar from 12 yards when he met a low cross from Pedro – hair-raising stuff.