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Hazard admits first goal was ‘something special’ as Chelsea move up to third with West Ham win

Eden Hazard admitted that the first of his two goals against West Ham was ‘something special’.

Hazard has dominated headlines in recent days with his long-protracted move to Real Madrid seeming to have taken a step closer, although the talented forward let his feet do the talking with a fine performance against West Ham.

However, the humble Belgian refused to take all the plaudits, insisting it was a good all-round performance from Chelsea.

“I think we played well. The game was not easy because West Ham are a great team. They created a bit of problems for us. But we did everything. We created a lot and scored two great goals.

Asked about his opening goal, which saw him slalom past a whole host of hapless Hammers defenders before tucking the ball into the back of the net, the Belgian admitted that it was a ‘special’ strike.

“It was something special. I took the ball and then I tried to move forward. In the box it was hard for the defender to challenge me because if he touches me it could be a penalty.

“I was maybe a little lucky with the shot. I wanted to shoot quickly. When I saw the ball in the net I was just so happy. I am small so it is good when I play against tall players as it’s very hard for them to change direction.”

Hazard rounded off the scoring late on with a composed finish after expertly manoeuvring himself to stay onside, with the win moving Chelsea up to third ahead of Arsenal and Spurs.