Chelsea news: Why Eden Hazard is loving life under Maurizio Sarri instead of Antonio Conte

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That’s the opinion of pundit Chris Sutton who believes the Belgian is enjoying playing for the Blues far more than under Antonio Conte last season.

Hazard starred for Chelsea on Saturday, netting a hat-trick against Cardiff in a 4-1 victory.

And Sutton believes the 27-year-old is the most in-form player in Europe as things stand.

He told the Daily Mail: “Eden Hazard is without question the most in-form player in Europe.

He has started the season superbly but if Eden Hazard wants to be considered the best in Europe, he must join the queue. He is behind Luka Modric, who won the European Cup, played in the World Cup final and was named the best player in Russia.

Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final. Gareth Bale hit a wonderstrike in the Champions League final. We have not even mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Hazard can be the top player in world football but he must be more consistent.

He is clearly having fun working for Maurizio Sarri and embracing his new-found freedom in this Chelsea team. Keep this up and Hazard is in for a big year.


“Right now, there is no better player in Europe”


Chris Sutton

“Lionel Messi did not meet his usual impeccable standards at the World Cup and it has taken Cristiano Ronaldo four games to get up and running at Juventus.

“After being the driving force behind Belgium’s run to the semis in Russia, Hazard has returned to Chelsea full of energy, sharpness and power.

“Maurizio Sarri has given him a new lease of life.

“No longer shackled by the false nine role Antonio Conte made him play, Hazard is thriving alongside a centre forward in Olivier Giroud who allows him to burst on to balls with electric pace.

“Right now, there is no better player in Europe. Whether he can dethrone Messi and Ronaldo depends on where his displays take Chelsea.


Chelsea news: Eden Hazard netted a hat-trick against Cardiff at the weekendGETTY


Chelsea news: Eden Hazard netted a hat-trick against Cardiff at the weekend
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Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri is getting the most out of Eden HazardGETTY


Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri is getting the most out of Eden Hazard
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“Inspire them to the league title this season and a serious tilt at the Champions League the following year… then Hazard will justify his manager’s claim.”

Hazard retuned late from the World Cup after his efforts with Belgium and was placed on the bench by Sarri in the first few matches.

But now starting again, he has managed five goals in five games to help Chelsea to five straight wins in the Premier League.

And Arsenal legend Martin Keown has also praised Hazard explaining: “He has started the season superbly but if Eden Hazard wants to be considered the best in Europe, he must join the queue.

“He is behind Luka Modric, who won the European Cup, played in the World Cup final and was named the best player in Russia.

Chelsea news: Antonio Conte often used Eden Hazard as a false No.9GETTY


Chelsea news: Antonio Conte often used Eden Hazard as a false No.9
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“Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final. Gareth Bale hit a wonderstrike in the Champions League final. We have not even mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

“Hazard can be the top player in world football but he must be more consistent.

“He is clearly having fun working for Maurizio Sarri and embracing his new-found freedom in this Chelsea team. Keep this up and Hazard is in for a big year.”

Chelsea return to action on Thursday as they begin their Europa League campaign against PAOK Salonika.




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