It was Hazard time again. The Belgian has been on fire and there is no mistaking his impact in two consecutive wins. 4 assists in two matches! Reading as did Wigan found out he was a handful in the box leading to an opening penalty with Frank Lampard duly converting. Hazard has such a compact frame and a low centre of gravity he dances around in these tight spaces with quick feet.
But Reading refused to go away and Pavel Pobregnyak conjured up a beautifully angled header to put them level.
The Royals went ahead after Danny Guthrie's free kick squirted through a collapsing wall and Petr Cech reacting the wrong way saw the ball deflect off his body into goal. Chelsea restored parity after Gary Cahill with a long distance drive caught Adam Federici by surprise. It appears their back line looked more composed on attack than on defence.
Then came the goal that changed the complexion of the whole game as a clearly offside Fernando Torres collected Ashley Cole's centre and scored just his eighth league goal in 48 appearances. This is getting to be the stuff of conspiracies. An increasingly desperate Reading then brought Federici forward in a do or die corner and it did not work leaving them absolutely vulnerable at the back. Hazard went flying down the pitch on the counter and then squared to Branislav Ivanovic left with a simple tap in.
So lets see. Lampard has two goals created by Hazard, three have gone to defenders, and the only one by a legit striker is an offside. Whatever it is, it looks like Chelsea if it can keep its defensive problems down should be able to shoot its way out in a post Drogba era.