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Analysis – Eden Hazard shines for Chelsea in the Europa League final

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If the rumours are true, the Europa League final will end up being the last game Eden Hazard plays for Chelsea.

Hazard has a year left on his contract and rumours are strongly linking him with a move to Real Madrid this summer.

Zinedine Zidane is a firm fan of the winger while Hazard has often spoken of his admiration for Zidane. With a rebuild on the cards at the Bernabeu, it feels almost inevitable that they will end up together. Indeed, both parties have hinted that a union is on the cards.

If that is to be the case, then Hazard will have wanted to use the Europa League final to depart on a high. And that is precisely what he did with a superb performance in his side’s 4-1 victory over Arsenal. As has often been the case with Hazard during his time at Chelsea, he was the standout performer.

We decided to take a look at his numbers in the game to see how special a final performance this was from Hazard.

Hazard on the attack

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores his team’s fourth. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Hazard was the highest performer in the game for WhoScored, earning himself a 9.7 rating overall. His closest competitor to the title was Olivier Giroud with a score of nine.

As usual, Hazard was a menace and posted several impressive attacking numbers. He came second for touches with 80 in total, more than any other Chelsea player and all but Granit Xhaka for Arsenal.

He used these touches to significant effect, with no player in the game attempting more than his eight dribbles, five of which he won. The latter number was also a high in the game, which Mateo Kovacic, his closest competitor with three.

Hazard was also in the top three for shots, attempting three in total, but topped the charts for shots on target with a tally of three in that regard too.

Pass master

Eden Hazard scores for Chelsea
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – MAY 29: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

In terms of passing, Hazard did not make it into the top five for total passes or accurate passes but was close to doing so. His total of 45 total passes meant he was just two short in that regard, while 39 accurate passes meant he was three short there. He did, however, top the charts with five key passes to his name. In fact, that total was the same as the next two Chelsea players combined.

All in all, it was a remarkable performance from Hazard, and up to the standard, we have come to expect from the Belgian over the years. If this was to be his final game for Chelsea, then it was a fitting way for him to depart.

It was a demonstration of his talents. He was a menace dribbling at the Arsenal defence throughout and put the Gunners to the sword with a superbly taken goal and penalty. Indeed, those strikes took him beyond 20 goals in a season for the first time. As usual, Hazard shined on the big occasion.