Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea defence must improve to sustain title bid

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea defence must improve to sustain title bid

The win pushed the Blues to the top of the table and extended their flawless start to the campaign to five matches.

"I talked with Eden [on Friday] and I told him that for me, he can score 40 goals".

"I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe but now I change my mind because maybe he is the best", Sarri said after Hazard's man-of-the-match performance.

"I think Hazard can improve more", Sarri added.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud says he and Alvaro Morata can be good for eachother this season.

And former Napoli manager Sarri believes Hazard has enough of an eye for goal to outscore goal-scoring rivals Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah.

The Blues boast a 100 per cent record after five Premier League games this season.

"We are very risky in the offensive phase, but in the defensive phase we need to improve", Sarri concluded.

"We saw previous year Salah fight for it and they play more or less the same position, as a winger coming inside the pitch", Alonso said.

The west London side will begin their Europa League group stage campaign on Thursday night when they take on PAOK.

"After 20 minutes the score was 1-0 for Cardiff, but we just kept playing our football and then, when we have the chance, we need to score, and that's what we did".

"I think my opinion in this moment, two teams, Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us".

'We can cope with the problems with the quality in the offensive phase, but not in the defensive phase. 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. So I have to organise them better defensively and the players have to understand that'. You saw today [Saturday] he wasn't able to play, but I hope he can recover in the next two or three days.

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