Vine: Eden Hazard gets absolutely smashed by Bardsley and has his through-ball blocked by the referee 7 years ago

Vine: Eden Hazard gets absolutely smashed by Bardsley and has his through-ball blocked by the referee

Quite an eventful first-half for the talented Belgian...

Away teams always know what to expect when they make the journey to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City.

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A physical approach, robust challenges and an 'in your face' attitude have become the Potters trademark over the years and all of these traits were epitomised by Phil Bardsley's thundering challenge on Hazard in the 20th minute.

It looks like the full-back is doing his very best to send the Belgian into the stand with this challenge here.

Bardsley went into the referee's notebook but Neil Swarbrick didn't endear himself to Hazard after this breakaway pass was blocked by the ref while Chelsea had men free.