Riyad Mahrez was named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, almost exactly a year after Eden Hazard did it as a Chelsea player. Something tells me that a year later we will still be describing him as a top footballer, not an egotistical traitor. The fact that Hazard’s goals come after a few weeks where he hasn’t been linked to PSG or Real Madrid is either very ironic, or it just sums the man up.
I don’t get what Guus Hiddink is doing with his team selection sometimes. One week he’s talking about how we need to experiment with some of the younger players at the club in the latter games of the season, the next he’s leaving Matt Miazga on the bench and starting John Obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic. I’d like to think neither of these men will be at the club next season, simply because we need change, and it is the perfect chance to give Miazga some game time in the league. It’s the same with Bertrand Traore, Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. We’re not going to lose anything in the next few weeks of the season, so why not try something different. With all due respect, we’re only playing Bournemouth, it wasn’t going to be a game that left them with permanent mental scarring.
I don’t think Pedro’s been given enough credit for the work he’s put in a Chelsea this season. He hasn’t set the world alight, but trying to adapt to a new league surrounded by a group of underperforming players, it isn’t easy. It was a clever through ball by Cesc Fabregas to set him in behind, and he was never really going to miss. The second goal is another set up by Fabregas, who when on his game like he was on Saturday, is virtually unplayable. It was a simple enough set up for Hazard however, who by what must have been some sort of divine intervention, found the net from the edge of the area.
I think we were probably still trying to take in the fact that a miracle had just taken place in front of their own eyes, as that can be the only reason why we didn’t send a second man out for the short corner. It was a dreadful piece of defending, and it was a simple enough header for Tommy Elphick at the far stick. Willian will undoubtedly win the Chelsea Player of the Year Award in the next couple of weeks, unless Chelsea fans have taken their frustration out like Norwich fans a couple of years ago when they voted for someone terrible as a joke, with Chelsea this would probably be Hazard. It was the Brazilian who got the Blues’ third, again set up nicely by Fabregas.
Hazard somehow got his second in stoppage time, but in all fairness, this was a tap in from Nemanja Matic’s pull back. It was a good win given how poor we’ve been at times this season, but again, it doesn’t really mean anything, There’s still four games left, but let’s give the youngsters a go in them, because we no longer need to see what the senior players can do, they’ve had 34 games, and they’ve let themselves down.