Sarri seeks improvement even after Hazard hat-trick sends Chelsea top


Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard can win the Golden Boot, and said he has told the Belgian global that he can score 40 goals this season. "If you saw the game today, you have to say [he believed me]".

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.

The Italian, whose side start their Europa League campaign at PAOK Salonika on Thursday, was born in Naples but grew up in Siena on the edge of the Chianti region. "[Giroud] played very well without scoring, but very useful for his teammates, I think".

"I hope he can recover in the next two or three days and maybe there is an opportunity that I can give him a chance".

The upcoming clash will also see Alvaro Morata return, after Sarri left him out in favour of Olivier Giroud for the first time this season.

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Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on August 26, 2018.

"I don't know about Hazard".

"I think he is right, because we are very unsafe in the defensive phase, we need to improve there", he said. Eight players arrived for training at the beginning of August, so I think it's normal that in this period we have some defensive problems.

Chelsea rarely offer contracts of longer than one season to players over the age of 30, but they are understood to be eager to secure the Brazilian's long-term future.

"We have to improve step by step". As a teenager, the Belgian had been a regular part of a good team, but upon turning 20 years of age he reached a level and has been on an nearly exclusively upward trajectory ever since.