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EPL: Hazard reach goals and assists double figure

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is the only man to have matched Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi in terms of reaching double figures for goals and assists this season.

The Belgium international has been in breathtaking form during the 2018-19 campaign.

He was eased back into domestic action after helping his country to a third-place finish at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Maurizio Sarri was eager to avoid asking too much, too soon of a key figure in his plans.

Hazard, though, burst out of the blocks by netting 12 times for Chelsea and Belgium across as many appearances.

Eight of those efforts came in club competition, with a further four recorded since – with 10 strikes registered in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old has also contributed a steady stream of assists to the Blues cause.

He entered a meeting with Newcastle having teed up nine goals for grateful team-mates.

Another was then delivered for Willian as Sarri’s side locked horns with the Magpies at Stamford Bridge. (Goal)

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