Maurizio Sarri Claims Eden Hazard Is The Best Player In Europe

Chelsea news Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick against Cardiff on Saturday

GETTY Chelsea news Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick against Cardiff on Saturday

Specifically, Sarri wants Hazard to expend less energy contributing to Chelsea's possession in the middle third of the pitch and "play in the last 25 metres", becoming less of a winger and more of a wide forward in much the same way as Mohamed Salah has been unleashed to such devastating effect in Jurgen Klopp's system at Liverpool.

Eden Hazard can score 40 goals this season and win the Premier League Golden Boot, according to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after the Belgium forward scored a hat-trick to maintain the club's ideal start to the season.

"We have spoken and I told him he can score 40 goals", Sarri said.

Earlier, had reported how Belgium global Eden Hazard scored three goals on Saturday, September 15, as Chelsea defeated visiting Cardiff City 4-1 in a Premier League encounter.

Asked whether the 27-year old could win the Golden Boot, Sarri replied: "I think so".

"When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it's a pleasure to play with him".

And having learnt of the tradition in England of rival coaching teams having a drink after a game, he is determined to make sure the Stamford Bridge cellar is well stocked - and is determined to give the post-match formalities a personal touch.

"In the last two weeks I have seen four matches of Cardiff and four matches of PAOK Salonika and for me, I thought [on Friday] Giroud was more suitable for this match and Morata more suitable for the other", Sarri said.

'We can cope with the problems with the quality in the offensive phase, but not in the defensive phase.

The Belgian says he is happy despite failing to secure his dream move to Real Madrid in the summer, and he is enjoying a freer role than the one Antonio Conte afforded him.

The west London club are two points clear of defending champions Manchester City but Sarri said both City and second-placed Liverpool are "better" than his side.

"We have to improve step by step".

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