[Player Ratings] Sunderland 3-4 Chelsea: Hazard Blitzes Black Cats In Thriller

By on December 4, 2013

Eden Hazard Chelsea

Eden Hazard produced a man of the match performance to help Chelsea beat Sunderland in a thrilling encounter at The Stadium of Light.

The hosts took an early lead inside 15 minutes when Jozy Altidore scored his first ever goal for Sunderland. But Hazard crossed for Frank Lampard to head in the equaliser from close range three minutes later marking the Belgian’s finest performance in Blue for some time.

Hazard put the Blues in front on 36 minutes, cutting in on his right foot and firing low beyond Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone. John O’Shea made it 2-2 five minutes after the restart, bundling the ball in following hesitation in the Chelsea penalty area but Hazard could not be stopped and smashed his second in on the hour mark in spectacular style.

Phil Bardsley turned in to his own net with  six minutes on the clock. He then amended for his error by scoring at the right end to make it 4-3 but Chelsea held on for all three points.

The breathtaking contest keeps the Blues in second place in the Premier League, four points behind leaders Arsenal and two clear of third placed Manchester City. Here are my ratings for the Chelsea players:

Player Ratings

Cech- 6- hard to say the Czech did well after conceding three goals but his performance was better than the scoreline suggested.

Azpilicueta- 6- impressive in attack but could have been more resilient in defence. Sunderland looked most threatening from wide areas.

Terry- 6- will be unhappy that he allowed his side to concede so many, but generally played well.

Cahill- 5- an average at best performance from the England man. Will need to show better leadership if he is to be selected for the World Cup squad next year.

Ivanovic- 6- Chelsea looked most vulnerable from wide positions and in this respect Ivanovic struggled.

Ramires- 5- didn’t hit the heights we’ve been used to seeing recently. Struggled to make an impact.

Lampard- 8- grabbed the goal that pulled Chelsea level and was impressive throughout in midfield.

Mata- 6- made the Sunderland defence nervous when he was on the ball but didn’t see enough of the ball.

Hazard- 9- was the star of this Premier League thriller. Scored two sumptuous goals and assisted Lampard for the equaliser. A real menace throughout. Man of the Match.

Willian- 6- a poor first half in which the Brazilian appeared lost but he improved in the second half. Linked up well with Mata and Hazard.

Torres- 5- another missing man for most of this game and was guilty of a couple of glaring misses. Hard work and determination could not be faulted though.

Subs

Ba-6- worked hard when introduced but should have scored.

Mikel- 6- came on with 9 minutes left and just helped to tighten things up.

Schurrle- 5- a very late sub to help run the clock down

How impressed were you by Eden Hazard’s performance?…After winning from going behind against Southampton, what do these performances say about Chelsea’s character?…Are you worried that the Blues conceded three goals?…please leave your comments below…

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14 Comments

  1. mufutau samuel

    December 5, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Hazard is very good player and i will b happy if he can continue to give his best for d blue, up chelsea up hazard

  2. chimezie emejuru prince

    December 5, 2013 at 5:23 am

    hazard well but is not a surprise he use to do it at his former club lille scoring 21 goals in a season so if he do that these season no problem’but our defence need some changes.tanx

  3. Felix ubani

    December 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Hazard jst need to up his game 4 we to see more of him i love d guy so much even mata i am hapy curz even mourinho said mata played well

  4. OLAR

    December 5, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Hazaed is a fantastic player,Hope he keep improvin…world best in makin.

  5. okey

    December 5, 2013 at 6:14 am

    hazard is fantastic, we need more from him he can do better

  6. 4lan

    December 5, 2013 at 6:17 am

    D problem wit hazard is just consistency. If he can just b as consistence as Oscar wit dat MODM perfomers, den no doubt, He is d new Ronaldo in EPL

  7. Skywillzy

    December 5, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Get it goin baba hazard………dnt let them see u off….fire…up u and up cfc….skywillzy

  8. Rovicstar

    December 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Hazard is d most dangerous player in EPL,he threatens all defenders and causes a kind of anxiety on them..keep it up.Up hazard,up chelsea!

  9. Sircarma

    December 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Hazard keep it up the sky is your limit but David Luiz need to start our next game

  10. Sircarma

    December 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Hazard keep it up the sky is your limit but David Luiz need to start our next game.

  11. nmelu felix

    December 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hazard,ur too much,be consistent you will be there one day,start david luise next match pls. jose and start mikel over lampard pls.

  12. paulodinaka

    December 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

    hazardious better dan ozil u are blue blues never give up

  13. JAMENC

    December 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Torres was the flop of the match, missed a better chance… Need a sharp and better striker to help lead us there. Kudos to Hazardious!

  14. Dennis Oletukovie

    December 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Hazard is d best attacking midfielder in EPL. Keep it up lad. Uuuppppp Chelsea! Up Hazard!!

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