It was only a year ago when Eden Hazard, the pearl of the Chelsea juggernaut that cruised to the title, was skipping and shimmying his way past Premier League defenses with the rakish spirit and effortless grace of one of those dancing tough guys in West Side Story. This year, for both Hazard and his team, has been ... different.
But lo, who is that we saw running around in a blue No. 10 jersey last week, nutmegging opponents before bending a first-time blast into the top corner for the goal that would seal the league title? And who is this guy, brushing aside about three guys ramming into him, looping his way past numerous tackles, and thwacking a roller past Liverpool’s keeper?
Is Eden Hazard back?