5 Things We Learned from 3-0 Demolition of Crystal Palace: Eden Hazard Should Leave, Oscar and Diego Costa Should Stay

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Chelsea finally looked as their usual self in the 3-0 demolition of Crystal Palace. We haven’t got the chance to say this about the Blues of late, but it seems like the normalcy is finally returning to the Blues’ camp.

Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa scored as the London side grabbed the first win of Guus Hiddink’s campaign. Premier League champions are now undefeated in four matches and have climbed to 14th spot in the League table.

Here’re the five things we learned about the Blues from the game:

Diego Costa and Oscar are finally showing glimpses of form
Manager Guus Hiddink has breathed new life into Diego Costa and Oscar after their disappointing start to the season. Both players scored a goal each today, and the former also provided a lovely assist for the latter’s goal.

It’s now three goals in his last two appearances for the Spain international.

No change in luck for Eden Hazard
On the other hand, Eden Hazard’s struggles continue in the New Year. The Belgian was forced off with a groin injury 16 minutes into the game.

He remains goalless in the current campaign.

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Mikel is having a resurgence in his career.
John Obi Mikel has somehow continued to hand around at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2006.

The 28-year-old, who was just a backup at the beginning of the season, has proved his worth under Hiddink. He put in a good shift today in the win and also created Oscar’s goal.

Chelsea fans are finally backing their team again
There was a lot of discontent among the Chelsea fans following the sacking Jose Mourinho. But it seems like the anger among the fans is slowly lifting as their team continue to perform on the pitch.

There were loud chants of “we are staying up” and “we’re gonna win the league” from the away section at Selhurst Park.

Guus Hiddink has got the Blues playing attractive football
The Dutch has got the Blues playing some attractive football again. It’s still early days of Hiddink’s reign, but the difference in team’s play from the first part of the season is clearly visible.

Today’s result was the Blues’ first away win since their win against West Brom in August.