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Chelsea hopes rest on Hazard's shoulders

Sky Sports 30 Mar 2018
Eden Hazard, Chelsea

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Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a crucial match in the race for a top-four spot.

The champions, five points adrift of their fourth-placed London rivals, will be relying on Eden Hazard to break down the Spurs defence.

Hazard has consistently been one of the Premier League's most creative threats throughout his career.

Since his return this season, no player has created more chances from open play, and only Mesut Ozil, of Arsenal, has done so at a faster rate.

Most chances created from open play since 30 Sept
Player Chances created Chances created per 90 mins
Mesut Ozil 57 3.0
Eden Hazard 57 2.8
Kevin De Bruyne 57 2.5
Alexis Sanchez 51 2.5

Hazard's creativity stems from his exceptional ability in one-on-one situations.

He's beaten a defender on 128 occasions this season. That's at least 41 times, or 47 per cent, more than any other player this season.

His success rate is also significantly higher than every prominent dribbler. While others beat an opponent with one-in-two attempts, Hazard does so with over 75 per cent of his.

Best PL dribblers per 90 mins*
Player Total dribbles Dribbles per 90 mins Dribble success
Eden Hazard 128 6.2 76%
Wilfried Zaha 87 4.1 49%
Willian 59 3.6 62%
Leroy Sane 68 3.4 62%

*Minimum 1,400 minutes played in 2017/18

Despite Chelsea's overall form wavering in 2018, Hazard's individual production has actually risen. He has created more chances than any other Premier League player this calendar year, and at a far higher rate, while he is also dribbling past more players and scoring more.

No Premier League side have relied on creativity from one source as much as Chelsea have from Hazard this year.

Largest share of team's chances created in 2018
Player Club % of team's chances
Eden Hazard CHE 26.2%
Pascal Gross BHA 25.6%
Kevin De Bruyne MCI 24.1%
Mesut Ozil ARS 22.9%

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