Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Chelsea 4 Cardiff 1 Hazard’s hat trick sends Blues to the top

Chelsea 4 Cardiff 1 Hazard’s hat trick sends Blues to the top

"I think at the moment Liverpool and Manchester City are another step up, so we have to improve, and I hope next season we can be on the same level".

"Hazard can improve more".

"The last time I spoke with him he told me that he wants to play for another season, but I don't know the situation now", Sarri told a media conference. "You have to play in the last 25 metres".

Eden Hazard might be the best player in Europe and has the capability to score 40 goals in a season, according to his manager Maurizio Sarri.

"I said before I want to give space to the young players", Sarri said.

Chelsea grabbed a vital second goal just before half-time and it was that man Hazard again.

The Blues are aiming to challenge for the Premier League title this season after they ended up in fifth place and won the FA Cup last term under Antonio Conte.

Chelsea have a +10 goals difference while Liverpool who beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the day's early kickoff are also on 15 points, but they have a +9 goals' difference.

He joined Aston Villa on a one-year deal, leaving after they missed out on promotion to the Premier League. To close that gap in only one season is very hard.

"At the moment, for me, in my opinion, Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us".

For Cardiff, it may be a long campaign for the Welsh side, with plenty of players seemingly struggling with the quality of the top flight.

Sane, dropped from Pep Guardiola's squad altogether in the previous game against Newcastle United, struck after 102 seconds, meeting Fernandinho's cross at the end of a three-on-two at the edge of the box and poking it past charging Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

"We have got to learn quickly because these top teams punish you", said Warnock.

The newly promoted visitors took the lead when Joe Ralls' free-kick was headed by captain Sean Morrison into the path of Sol Bamba, who volleyed home.

The Frenchman provided two assists for Hazard during the encounter, while showcasing a masterclass in target-man ability and the holding up of the ball.

Hazard was the driving force in maintaining Chelsea's ideal start to the season, striking twice before half-time to erase Sol Bamba's shock opener and later adding a third from the penalty spot.

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