Maurizio Sarri reveals secret to Eden Hazard’s Chelsea FC success

Maurizio Sarri has a message for Eden Hazard following his solid start to life at Chelsea FC

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

Maurizio Sarri has revealed that it is “easy” to get the best form out of Eden Hazard at Chelsea FC – as long as the playmaker is having “fun” on the pitch.

The 27-year-old has made a strong start to the new season with the Blues and has been earning lots of praise for his performances under his new manager at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard is widely regarded as one of European football’s top attacking playmakers, but many would agree that he has been unable to show truly consistent form over the last few seasons.

For example, he was voted as the PFA player of the year in the 2014-15 campaign as the Blues won the Premier League under Jose Mourinho – but like most of his team-mates – his form suffered in the following campaign as the Blues finished 10th in the table.

Despite his up-and-down form in recent years, Hazard seems to have been given a new lease of life under Sarri as he looks to help fire Chelsea FC up the Premier League table.

And Sarri believes that giving Hazard the freedom to have “fun” on the pitch for the Blues is the key ingredient for getting the best out of the former Lille attacker.

“It is easy to stimulate Hazard – as long as you let him have fun,” said Sarri, speaking in an interview with Sky Sports before Chelsea FC’s trip to Southampton on Sunday.

“He’s very easy, it didn’t need strategies from me. He doesn’t get influenced by the media and what happens around him. As long as he’s having fun and he plays. And he loves playing football.

“But you need important objectives for important players. And he can improve if he becomes a little bit more aggressive and gives the best of himself.”

Hazard will be hoping to feature for Chelsea FC when the Blues return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on 20 October.

The west London side are aiming to at least break back into the top four this season after they ended up in fifth place under Antonio Conte last term, before they lifted the FA Cup trophy back in May.

Hazard scored the only goal of the game for Chelsea FC as they claimed a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley last season.

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