Sarri backs Hazard to win Premier League Golden Boot

Ruben Holloway
September 19, 2018

Eden Hazard's hat-trick extended Chelsea's flawless start to five matches as a 4-1 win over Cardiff sent the Blues top of the Premier League.

Maurizio Sarri has left Eden Hazard out of Chelsea's travelling 21-man squad for their Europa League group-stage opener at PAOK Salonika.

But now I am changing my mind as maybe now he is the best in Europe.' The Blues boss has also challenged his talisman to score 40 goals this season, having already bagged five goals and two assists in five appearances so far.

"We have spoken and I told him he can score 40 goals", he said. He's got so much freedom and the intricate football we're playing is flawless for him.

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Focusing on Hazard, the former Liverpool defender said: "I think Hazard is the best player in the Premier League".

It says much for the wealth of options on offer to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola that he could afford to leave out last season's Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane for the first month of the season.

Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park and his performances earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad for the World Cup.

Neil Warnock, who lost Harry Arter to a bout of dizziness at half-time, echoed Sarri's admiration for Hazard, but felt his Cardiff side could have made life tougher for the in-form hosts.

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Eden Hazard has been in stunning form for the Blues so far this season and is now the Premier League's leading goalscorer. "The only thing I know is that (referee) Mike Dean was very good and the assistants were very good". Because we are very unsafe in the defensive phase, we need to improve there. It's still early, five games; fantastic we won all five and improved. In his second coming at the West London club, the Brazilian worldwide has gone from being one of the first names on the team sheet to being a peripheral figure to now becoming a regular once again, all in just two years.

So far, Chelsea have scored 14 goals and let in 4 against them.

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