Maurizio Sarri getting best out of key Chelsea FC star, claims BBC pundit

Garth Crooks believes new Chelsea FC boss Maurizio Sarri has given Eden Hazard the freedom to thrive

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Eden Hazard is thriving in the Chelsea FC team under Maurizio Sarri after being given more freedom, according to Spurs legend Garth Crooks.

The Belgium international won Premier League titles with both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte in 2015 and 2017.

While Hazard has established himself as a key player at Chelsea FC, there has always been a sense that there is more to come from the Belgian.

The 27-year-old has been used sparingly in the opening weeks of the new Premier League campaign given his participation at the World Cup.

He came off the bench in both of their victories over Huddersfield Town and Arsenal to help Sarri make a 100 per cent start to his Chelsea FC reign.

Hazard got on the score sheet on his first start of the Blues to help Chelsea FC ease to a 2-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Former Spurs forward Crooks believes Hazard is flourishing in the Chelsea FC team following Sarri’s appointment.

“The Belgium international seems to have been given the freedom to do whatever he likes under Maurizio Sarri. Not so under Mourinho or Conte. Both Sarri’s predecessors had volatile temperaments and fragile relationships with Hazard,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“For all of football’s rhetoric about sports science, fitness and the tactics of the modern game, there’s one thing that will never change. Managers need to take care of their best players or their best players will eventually desert them.”

Hazard moved to Chelsea FC in a big money deal from Ligue 1 side Lille in the 2012 summer transfer window.

The Blues forward has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup during his time at Chelsea FC.

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