Chris Sutton credits Chelsea FC boss for Eden Hazard’s form

Maurizio Sarri deserves credit for Eden Hazard's return to form at Chelsea FC, according to Chris Sutton

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Chris Sutton believes Maurizio Sarri has given Eden Hazard a new lease of life at Chelsea FC.

The Blues forward has made a prolific start to the new Premier League season under Antonio Conte’s replacement.

Hazard scored a hat-trick in Chelsea FC’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge to extend their perfect start to the campaign.

The 27-year-old has netted five times in five games in the Premier League this term to sit at the top of the division’s goal-scoring charts.

The Belgium international was linked with a potential move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2018 summer transfer window.

However, Hazard’s dream move failed to materialise and the former Lille star started the season as a Chelsea FC player.

Ex-Chelsea FC striker Sutton has credited Sarri with refreshing Hazard’s form in the Blues team.

“Maurizio Sarri has given him a new lease of life,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.

“No longer shackled by the false nine role Antonio Conte made him play, Hazard is thriving alongside a centre forward in Olivier Giroud who allows him to burst on to balls with electric pace.

“Right now, there is no better player in Europe. Whether he can dethrone Messi and Ronaldo depends on where his displays take Chelsea.

“Inspire them to the league title this season and a serious tilt at the Champions League the following year… then Hazard will justify his manager’s claim.”

Chelsea FC finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a Champions League spot.

The Blues will still have European commitment to honour ahead of their Europa League opener against Greek side PAOK FC.

The west London side are sitting at the top of the Premier League table but level on points with Liverpool FC.

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