1904 FC Co-owner Eden Hazard proved a handful for Manchester United, winning six free-kicks and forcing three saves as Chelsea defeated the visiting Red Devils 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Alvaro Morata put the hosts ahead in the 55th minute with a thumping header, and Chelsea controlled the match to remain in fourth place in the English Premier League.
The hosts outshot United 18 (8 on target) to 10 (2) and controlled 55 percent of the possession.
Despite the team’s success, Hazard has yet to find his normal prowess in front of goal this season. The Belgian winger only has a goal and an assist in eight appearances. Chelsea’s next match is Nov. 18, when they travel to play a West Bromwich Albion side which is winless in its last nine.
Hazard’s fellow co-owners Moussa Sow and Yohan Cabaye did not share his success this weekend, with Sow’s Al-Ahli Dubai drawing 0-0 with Al Jazira at home. Sow was subbed out after 83 minutes of a match where Al-Ahli managed only five shots, and only two of them troubling the opposition’s goalkeeper. Al-Ahli currently sits in fourth in the Arabian Gulf League but has gone three matches without scoring a goal and will visit Al-Wasl for a match in the Etisalat Cup this Saturday.
Back in London, Tottenham Hotspur frustrated Yohan Cabaye and Crystal Palace, with Spurs winning 1-0.
Cabaye created a pair of chances for the Eagles, but the visitors could not capitalize. Tottenham controlled the match with 68 percent of the possession and 582 completed passes compared to Palace’s 269. Cabaye has offered one of the few glimpses of stability for Palace’s struggling squad, playing in all nine games this season. Crystal Palace is currently last in the Premier League, its only win coming against Eden Hazard’s Chelsea, at home. The Eagles return home to Selhurst Park on the 18th to play 15th-place Everton.
With the upcoming international break, Yohan Cabaye has an opportunity to make a trip to San Diego, which would make him the second of 1904’s four co-owners to do so. Eden Hazard was called up by Belgium and his team will host Mexico in Brussels this Friday, while Moussa Sow will be needed for Al-Ahli’s match on the 11th.