Never change, Cesc.
For those who need a refresher of the Hazard goal, here is Chelsea official Twitter with a timely reminder. Let’s watch it again, indeed.
And again and again.
Not like we have any other football at the moment.
Let's watch it again... pic.twitter.com/AJpUvpeXmL— Chelsea FC - #StayHomeSaveLives (@ChelseaFC) May 2, 2020
Chelsea were in the midst of a most terrible season, later dubbed “The Mourinho Season” but a salty Antonio Conte, but still managed to not provide some stellar moments but also factor into the title conversation.
In fact, as Eden Hazard, who didn’t even start, would later joke, he won the title two years in a row: the first for Chelsea, with the rebound goal from a rare penalty miss against Crystal Palace; the second for Leicester City, with this equalizing goal against Spurs, who had been leading 2-0 and looked to be ending their hoodoo at the Bridge while keeping their title-hopes alive.
Instead, they set a Premier League record with 9 yellow cards — referee Mark Clattenburg later admitted (proudly?) that he could’ve sent several off, but instead stuck his head in the sand — as Chelsea mounted a comeback and they lost their composure to a most hilarious Spursy extent, confirming yet another bottling.
Chelsea’s starting lineup that day wasn’t all that different from starting lineups of the season before and the season after — Begović | Azpi, JT, Cahill, Bane | Matić (Oscar 78’), Mikel | Pedro (Hazard 45’), Cesc, Willian | Costa (Baba, Kenedy, Traoré, RLC, Amelia unused subs) — which made it all the more baffling why the 2015-16 edition went south so quickly and so drastically. Perhaps one day we’ll find out.
Until then, we’ll always have 2-2 against Spurs and Leicester City winning the most unlikely league title in history.
Here’s 15 minutes of the wonderful Peter Drury and some fun memories: