ALL OF the Premier League’s heavyweight performers have been to the Stadium of Light now this season.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero have all faced Sunderland, but above all of them, Eden Hazard gave the best individual performance against us that I’ve seen from an opposing player.
He put all the others in the shade, he was on another level and at times he was unplayable.
That’s saying something when you’re talking about the other players in that list.
Hazard claimed two goals and an assist out of Chelsea’s four and maybe even Phil Bardsley’s own goal was indirectly down to him after the defender’s brain must have been scrambled by the winger running at him all night.
I think Sunderland would have got something from the game if Hazard hadn’t played.
Although Spurs beat us more convincingly in the end, I don’t think they played as well as Chelsea and took advantage of a poorer performance from Sunderland.
Chelsea needed Hazard to be in that sort of form to make the difference and I think Sunderland supporters realised they saw something special that night.
I found Jose Mourinho’s post-match press conference fascinating after he said Chelsea produced their best away performance of the season which indicated they needed it to beat Sunderland on the night.
He was also very generous in praising Sunderland’s amazing spirit and crowd and he looked more than a little relieved to be going home with all three points.