Pedro & Willian lighten load on Hazard’s shoulders

first_imgEden Hazard has looked like a man carrying a great burden this season, as he has all too often found himself having to win games for Chelsea almost all on his own.Against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, though, Pedro and Willian helped lighten the brilliant Belgian’s load, with both men on target in a hard-fought but vitally important 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.David Luiz’s fantastic through-ball – remarkably, his 26th of the Premier League season – cut out Newcastle’s midfield to tee up Pedro for the opener, though the Spaniard deserves great credit himself for a sublime first touch and a delicate lobbed finish over Martin Dubravka. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chelsea suffered a surprise setback just before the break, when Ciaran Clark levelled matters with a fine header from a Matt Ritchie corner, but a mazy dribble from Chelsea’s main man Hazard opened up space for Willian, who curled home a brilliant match-winning goal early in the second half.Maurizio Sarri’s side remain in fourth place but, crucially, this latest win takes them six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who surprisingly lost at West Ham earlier in the day, and nine ahead of Manchester United, who face Tottenham away on Sunday afternoon.Hazard’s role in the victory wasn’t insignificant but the game once again highlighted the way in which he is so often starved of possession when deployed in a ‘false nine’ role.The 28-year-old gets a huge number of his goals by carrying the ball, either on the counter-attack or in tight spaces in the box. However, as a false nine, he is required to act as a pivot and provide a threat in behind defences, a discipline to which he is still adapting.It often seems like a terrible waste of his talents. Indeed, he had fewer touches than any of his team-mates to have completed the game, which means that much of his work goes into opening space for his fellow forwards.Willian, of course, was a big beneficiary, netting what was only his fifth goal of the season in all competitions. The Brazilian has rightly copped some flak for his work in the final third from some sections of the Chelsea support of late, so Sarri will now be hoping that Willian’s wonderful winner sparks a return to form for the 30-year-old, who the Blues boss criticised in his most recent press conference.Sarri still views him as a pivotal part of his plans, though, and he has said that it is “impossible” for him to leave in January, despite reports claiming Barcelona have made a £50 million bid for the Brazil international as part of a deal that would also allegedly include Blaugrana misfit Malcom.Willian Chelsea 2018-19Pedro is another player who Sarri believes he can extract more from, as arguably the best striker of the ball at the club. The 31-year-old began the season on fire, but two injuries have hampered his progress and seen his strike rate drop over the winter period.Again, the hope will be that Pedro’s goal will lift the former Barca man, as Chelsea need a fully fit and firing front three if ‘Sarriball’ is to succeed at Stamford Bridge.Misfiring Alvaro Morata remains the subject of much transfer speculation, with Chelsea looking for ways to offload the Spaniard and replace him with AC Milan striker, and Sarri favourite, Gonzalo Higuain. However, a deal for the Argentine remains both complicated and unlikely at this point.Consequently, Sarri may have to stick with his ‘false 9’ formation for now, meaning Hazard will have to continue in the role in which former winger Dries Mertens excelled at Napoli.However, that would mean an even greater onus being placed upon Pedro and Willian to help out Hazard. Saturday represented a good start in that regard. The challenge now, though, is for Pedro and Willian to continue in the same vein. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Hyundai Kona: Charging options, range, price, features and other important details about the new electric SUV

first_imgHyundai Kona: Charging options, range, price, features and other important details about the new electric SUVHyundai Kona electric SUV comes with a very unique front grille having intaglio pattern with an integrated charging port. There are bi-function LED headlamps with LED DRLs. At the rear, one will come across LED tail lamps and skid plate.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 10:13 IST Hyundai Kona electric SUV has a 3-year/unlimited kms warranty.HIGHLIGHTSKona electric SUV gets a floating 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment.Hyundai Kona has an ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 kms per full charge.Kona can be charged up to 80 per cent in 57 minutes through the DC Quick Charger CCS Type 2 (50 kW).Hyundai Kona has finally been launched in India. The electric SUV comes with a price tag of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and will be available in the country through the CKD route.Being India’s first fully electric SUV, Hyundai Kona is a welcome addition to the green mobility options in the country. Till now, the EV choices were limited only to Mahindra e20 Plus, Mahindra eVerito and Tata Tigor EV.Hyundai Kona is powerful, yet efficient at the same time. It looks sporty and is loaded with features. Now that the electric SUV has been introduced in India, we list all the important details you need to know about it.Hyundai Kona ExteriorsThe electric SUV comes with a very unique front grille having intaglio pattern with an integrated charging port. There are bi-function LED headlamps with LED DRLs. At the rear, one will come across LED tail lamps and skid plate. Other features include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and rear spoiler.Kona gets monotone colour options like Marina Blue, Phantom Black, Polar White and Typhoon Silver. There is Polar White with Phantom Black roof dual-tone option as well and it comes at a premium of Rs 20,000.Hyundai Kona InteriorsThe electric SUV gets a premium cabin with leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and soft-touch dashboard. There is a multi-function steering wheel with audio & Bluetooth controls. The instrument cluster is fully digital and the floating 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.Adding to the luxury quotient of Hyundai Kona are features like electric sunroof, front ventilated and heated seats, 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, electric parking brake with autohold and fully automatic temperature control (FATC).advertisementHyundai Kona MotorA permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor is available with Kona. It delivers 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque and is offered with a shift-by-wire automatic transmission. Powering the motor is a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery with liquid-cooling technology. The SUV gets Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes and is capable of making 0-100 kmph in just 9.7 seconds. The company has provided paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking.Hyundai Kona RangeThis is one aspect that makes Kona a very interesting prospect. The electric SUV has an ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 kms per full charge.Hyundai Kona WarrantyWhile the price of Kona is not less by any means, the carmaker has taken ample care to make sure that the buyers get a hassle-free ownership experience. The electric SUV has a 3-year/unlimited kms warranty along with 3 years of roadside assistance. There is an 8-year/1.60 lakh kms warranty on the battery. Besides, Hyundai is offering 24×7 emergency roadside assistance and service vehicle to vehicle charging support.Hyundai Kona Charging FacilitiesThe electric SUV can be charged up to 80 per cent in 57 minutes through the DC Quick Charger CCS Type 2 (50 kW). Hyundai will provide two chargers with Kona — a 7.2 kW AC Wall Box Charger and a 2.8 kW Portable Charger. The 7.2 kW AC Wall Box Charger will take around 6 hours and 10 minutes for a full charge, while the 2.8 kW Portable Charger will take 19 hours to completely juice up the battery.ALSO READ | Tata Motors wins order for supplying more than 200 units of Hexa SUV to Bangladesh ArmyALSO READ | Maserati Levante Trofeo India launch by 2019-end, to feature Twin Turbo V8 engineALSO READ | Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Hyundai KonaFollow Hyundai Kona featuresFollow Hyundai Kona price Nextlast_img read more