28-year-old should be axed: Three things we learned from Chelsea in loss v Man United
By Matt Bullin
Football Insider analyses three things we learned from Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Hazard taken out of the game
Chelsea’s Belgian magician has been in prime form this season and has been their star performer. But Jose Mourinho found a way to stop him as Ander Herrera marked him out of the game. The tenacious Spaniard did not give Hazard an inch of space throughout the match and as a result Hazard could not get into the game. The 24-year-old has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season – but against United he did not get a sniff and his side suffered as a result.
Costa should be axed
Diego Costa has 17 Premier League goals this season but he has not netted in five and he was poor against United today. The 29-year-old was frustrated by Marcus Rojo all afternoon and he failed to deal with the pressure effectively. Costa looked more likely to get a red than a goal and he was not able to create anything for his teammates either. Antonio Conte must look at Michy Batshuayi for their next game.
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The title race is on
Following Tottenham’s seventh win in a row on Saturday as they beat Bournemouth 4-0, Chelsea’s lead has been cut to just four points at the top – and Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders. Conte’s men face Spurs in an FA Cup semi-final next weekend and although the result will not affect the league it could have huge psychological implications on the title race.
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