London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Eden Hazard delivered a hat trick as Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League standings via a 3-0 blanking of Newcastle United Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s men took advantage of Arsenal’s 5-1 loss to Liverpool and Manchester City’s goalless draw with Norwich City to leapfrog their title rivals.
Chelsea is just one point ahead of Arsenal, two points in front of Manchester City and six points ahead of Liverpool.
With his dazzling performance, Hazard took his tally for the season to 14 goals.
Hazard opened the scoring midway through the first half with an emphatic finish in the 27th minute, and his second quickly followed as he rounded off a superb Chelsea breakaway after 34 minutes.
Hazard applied the finishing touches with a penalty goal in the 63rd minute to complete the trifecta.
Despite the win, Mourinho is not yet contented because of the distance between the top four teams in the standings.
“When we are far from fifth and have a Champions League position under control, then it will be time to look at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool and see where they are and see the distances,” said Mourinho.
“From that point, we can start thinking about other things,” he added.
Meanwhile, Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling scored two goals apiece to help Liverpool rout Arsenal, 5-1, at Anfield while Manchester City found itself in third place after being held to a goalless draw by Norwich.
Manuel Pellegrini’s previously free-scoring side has run into unforeseen problems in their last two outings, losing 1-0 to Chelsea last time out and drawing a blank against the Canaries.
The closest they came to a goal was when Alvaro Negredo headed a first-half corner against the crossbar.
Southampton was also frustrated at St Mary’s Stadium after settling for a 2-2 draw with Stoke City while Crystal Palace topped West Bromwich Albion, 3-1.
West Ham United blanked Aston Villa, 2-0, Hull City beat Sunderland by the same scoreline, while Swansea City downed Cardiff City, 3-0.