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AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea, Player Ratings: Eden Hazard makes it three Man of the Match awards in a row

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1. EDEN HAZARD 8.9
Minutes played82
Touches66
Passes44/52
Shots1*/2
Take-ons2/4
Back-to-back-to-back man of the match awards for Eden Hazard, who's in top form just at the right moment with the game against United coming up next weekend, followed by the FA Cup semifinal against Spurs the weekend after that.

This is now Hazard's tenth man of the match award for the season, which puts him one ahead of Diego Costa for most on the team.  (Like his goals, the MoM awards for Costa had dried up rather hurriedly in 2017.)

Hazard's goal also means that for the third time in four seasons at Chelsea, he's reached exactly 14 league goals.  The next one this season will set a new career high for him at the Blues.

2. MARCOS ALONSO 8.4
Minutes played90
Touches73
Passes40/53
Shots1*/3
Tackles5
Alonso's picture-perfect free-kick would've been enough in and of itself to ensure a spot in the top three for the left wing-back, but his overall play was worthy of recognition as well, up and down the left flank all day as usual.

Alonso may or may not have been a "panic buy" in the final few day so of the summer transfer window, but what truly matters is how effectively he's slotted in at left wing-back. Yet another player transformed from a question mark into a crucial piece of the puzzle with Conte's switch to the 3-4-3.

3. VICTOR MOSES 7.7
Minutes played89
Touches62
Passes39/49
Shots1/3
Take-ons2/3
And speaking of transformations under Conte's 3-4-3, no one has done it to greater surprise than Victor Moses.  From serial loanee to crucial part, Moses's absence was telling in the previous two games and Conte was no doubt happy to have him back and fully healthy.

Moses, given the freedom of the final third thanks to Bournemouth pushing up to a fault, delivered at both ends of the pitch just as he tends to do.

STARTERS:
Courtois (7.3), Cahill (6.9), David Luiz (6.9), Azpilicueta (7.5), Alonso (8.4), Matić (6.9), Kanté (7.6), Moses (7.7), Hazard (8.9), Costa (5.9), Pedro (7.1)

SUBS:
Fàbregas (6.3), Willian (6.1), Zouma (6.2)

OVERALL:

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