Hazard reveals motivation behind wondergoal: Kante didn't want to take a penalty!

Paul Ellis
The Chelsea star skipped past several defenders on his way to a fantastic winner against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup

Eden Hazard revealed that his late winner against Liverpool on Wednesday came in part from a desire to help N'Golo Kante avoid taking part in a penalty shootout. 

With the game tied 1-1, the Chelsea star netted a brilliant individual goal in the 85th minute of a Carabao Cup third round tie at Anfield. 

Hazard's brilliant goal continued a red-hot start to the season for the 27-year-old, who has now scored six times in seven appearances in all competitions.

The late strike condemned the Reds to their first defeat of the season, with the Belgian's goal holding up in a 2-1 win for the visitors. 

Had the game ended in a draw it would have gone straight to penalties, a fact that Hazard apparently had at the forefront of this thinking. 

When asked by Sky Sports what went through his mind prior to the goal, Hazard cited a conversation he had with his team-mate, who entered the match as a second-half substitute. 

“I spoke with N’Golo on the bench and he told me he didn’t want to take a penalty, so the only solution was to score!” Hazard said. 

Hazard's novel idea sent Chelsea through and gave his side a psychological advantage heading into a rematch at the weekend in league play.

"I have scored some goals like that! Not all the time," he told Chelsea TV.  

"It is on the top of the list, top 3. I remember around two years ago, the one against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. That one was nice.

"This one also is one of the best, especially when you score against a big team and win the game. That's the most important thing."

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The Blues host the league leaders at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, looking to leapfrog Liverpool in the table with another victory. 

"I think this game was more to have the confidence in three days time," Hazard continued. 

"We won so in the league we will change some players, they will change some players but we want to win again. Especially in front of our fans at Stamford Bridge. It is going to be a good day for us, I hope."

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