Ross Barkley raves about Chelsea FC star: He improves everyone

The Chelsea FC star believes Eden Hazard helps to bring out the best in his Blues team-mates

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Ross Barkley has hailed Eden Hazard’s ability to get the best out of his Chelsea FC team-mates.

Hazard has made a sparkling start to the current Premier League campaign to keep the Blues in the mix to win the title in Maurizio Sarri’s first season in charge.

The Belgium international scored his seventh goal of the campaign thanks to his 30th-minute opener in Chelsea FC’s 3-0 win at Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

The 27-year-old has already scored seven goals and has even made three assists for his team-mates in their opening eight games in the Premier League this season.

Barkley and Hazard were Maurizio Sarri’s key players in Chelsea FC’s resounding 3-0 win to move the west London side level on points with leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC.

The January signing lavished praise on Hazard for his impact on the Chelsea FC team in the opening months of the season.

“He’s an electric player,” Barkley told Chelsea FC’s website.

“He is capable of producing magic on the pitch at any moment. He’s fantastic to play with, and he makes everyone else around him better.

“There are not many players in the world who are capable of doing that, fair play to him.”

Hazard has been given a new lease of life under Sarri after former Napoli manager replaced Antonio Conte in the summer after Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot last term.

Conte adopted more of a pragmatic approach at Stamford Bridge and the Italian head coach burdened Hazard with defensive responsibilities.

However, his successor Sarri has taken the shackles off Hazard to allow the Belgian forward to play with greater freedom alongside Olivier Giroud.

Hazard is on course to smash his best-ever return for a Premier League season, which was his 16 goals in Chelsea FC’s title-winning campaign in the 2016-17 campaign.

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The Belgian star is almost halfway towards his 16-goal haul of two seasons ago after the former Lille star has already netted seven goals in the Premier League this term.

Chelsea FC signed Hazard from Lille in 2012 after the Blues managed to beat Manchester City and Manchester United to the Belgian’s signature.

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