Chelsea Breeze Past Huddersfield  (Sky Sports)

Huddersfield Town 1 Chelsea 3

Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta celebrate Pedro's goalChelsea returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday.

Chelsea dominated the first half, and went into the break 2-0 up after Tiemoue Bakayoko's neat finish (23) and Willian's back-post header (43).

Pedro made it 3-0 with an effort from 15 yards (50) after the break, and Huddersfield got a consolation in injury time through sub Laurent Depoitre's superb header past Thibaut Courtois (90+2).

The result means Chelsea are 11 points behind leaders Man City, who play at Swansea on Wednesday evening. Huddersfield are 12th, five clear of the drop zone.

Chelsea, coming off the back of a shock 1-0 defeat at West Ham, had all of the ball in the first half, and were ahead midway through as man-of-the-match Eden Hazard's delightful flick found Willian, who fed Bakayoko to lift over Jonas Lossl.

It was 2-0 two minutes before the break through Willian, who headed home at the far post from Marcos Alonso's deep cross after Huddersfield defender Chris Lowe got caught under the ball.

Player ratings

Huddersfield: Lossl (5), Smith (5), Zanka (5), Schindler (5), Lowe (4), Mooy (5), Hogg (4), Kachunga (5), Williams (5), Ince (5), Mounie (5)

Subs: Whitehead (5), Hadergjonaj (5), Depoitre (6)

Chelsea: Courtois (7), Moses (6), Azpilicueta (7), Rudiger (6), Christensen (6), Alonso (7), Bakayoko (7), Kante (7), Willian (8), Hazard (9), Pedro (7)

Subs: Batshuayi (6), Drinkwater (6), Ampadu (NA)

Man of the match: Eden Hazard

It should have been 3-0 on the brink of half time, but Lossl did well to deny Pedro, who had been released through on goal by Hazard.

But Chelsea did get their third after the break, with Pedro directing the ball into the top corner from 12 yards after Willian had battled to win the ball from a cross.

Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois had little to do, but did get the slightest touch on Tom Ince's effort inside the box, before Pedro dragged wide from just inside the box after the impressive Hazard had laid the ball off.

Courtois lost his clean sheet with the final meaningful touch of the game, seeing sub Depoitre's superb header fly past him and into the corner of the net from Florent Hadergjonaj's cross.

Opta stats

Chelsea's win at the John Smith's Stadium means the Blues have won at 50 different stadiums in the Premier League; only Liverpool have won at more stadiums in the competition (53).

Huddersfield have lost five of their last six Premier League games (W1), conceding two or more in all five of those losses.

Chelsea have scored 10 headed goals in the Premier League this season (a league high) - they only scored eight in the entirety of last season.

Marcos Alonso has had a hand in 13 goals since his Chelsea debut (nine goals, four assists); two more than any other Premier League defender.Man of the match - Eden Hazard

This was Hazard at his very best, but more notably, at his unselfish best. So unselfish in fact, that he insisted Willian took his man of the match award after the game.

Fantasy Football players would be forgiven for suspecting Hazard had captained his team-mate Willian this game week, such was the frequency in which the Belgian found his team-mate in the final third.

Hazard's flick opened up space for the opening goal for Bakayoko, and he continued the trick throughout the game, with Huddersfield struggling to cope with his turn of pace.

Willian ended up with a goal and two assists, but Hazard was the star of the show off paper, also winning eight of his 10 tackles, more than any other Chelsea player.

What's next

Chelsea now host Southampton on Saturday at 3pm, before their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Bournemouth on Wednesday. Huddersfield go to Watford on Saturday in the Premier League.


Huddersfield Town Lossl, Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Lowe (Hadergjonaj 67), Kashunga, Williams, Hogg (Whitehead 46), Mooy, Ince, Mounie (Depoitre 74)
Subs Not Used Coleman, Craine, van La Parra, Quaner
Depoitre 90+2

Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta (c), Christensen (Ampadu 80), Rudiger, Moses, Kante (Drinkwater 71), Bakayoko, Alonso, Willian, Pedro, Hazard (Batshuayi 69)
Subs Not Used Caballero, Cahill, Fabregas, Musonda
Bakayoko 23, Willian 43, Pedro 50

Attendance 24,169

Referee Andre Marriner

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