"Hazard" warning for Chelsea's rivals

Giroud assisted each of Hazard's first two goals with intelligent lay-offs and provided a polished focal point for Chelsea's fluid attack throughout, but after the match, Sarri - who said Morata is in line to start against PAOK Salonika in the Europa League on Thursday - said he will continue to alternate his two strikers depending on the nature and style of the opponent.

Salah won the Golden Boot last season and Sarri is backing Hazard to dethrone the Egyptian this campaign.

Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard can win the Golden Boot, and said he has told the Belgian worldwide that he can score 40 goals this season.

The Blues came from a goal down at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to beat newly-promoted Cardiff 4-1 courtesy of three from Hazard, and a late finish from Willian.

Hazard himself has hailed Olivier Giroud as the world's best target man after the World Cup-winning striker laid on two goals for him.

Sarri also challenged the former Lille player to score more goals than he's ever scored before adding, "I think Hazard can improve more".




"We have spoken and I told him he can score 40 goals", Sarri said. When he gets the ball he can hold it up really well.

He is clearly enjoying working with/for Maurizio Sarri and embracing his new-found freedom in this Chelsea team. I think it's normal that in this period we have some defensive problems.

The Italian boss wants to turn Chelsea into the best team in England but says Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City will be the league's pacesetters.

"I think, okay, we can play better, we should play better, but we scored four goals and it's a good game for us".

Look at the Premier League scoring charts in recent years and it becomes clear that what distinguishes the very best in front of goal is the ability to find the net relatively efficiently on a large volume of attempts.

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