Craig Burley rules out Chelsea FC star scoring 40 times this season

The Chelsea FC legend doesn't believe Eden Hazard will hit the 40-goal mark this season

Chelsea FC star Eden Hazard Photo: Nike

Craig Burley has told Chelsea FC to forget about Eden Hazard scoring 40 goals this season.

The Blues forward has made a brilliant start to the Premier League season under Antonio Conte’s replacement Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard netted in Chelsea FC’s 1-1 draw with title rivals Liverpool FC in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

The Belgium international’s goal against Jurgen Klopp’s side was his sixth of the season in the English top flight.

It’s an incredible start to the campaign for Hazard given the 27-year-old has never scored more than 16 league goals in a season.

The Chelsea FC number 10 scored the west London side’s winner in a 2-1 victory over Liverpool FC in the Carabao Cup at Anfield.

Hazard has already scored seven goals in all competitions to lay down an early marker to his rivals for the PFA award.

Asked whether Hazard could score 40 goals in the 2018-19 season in all competitions, Burnley told ESPN FC:

“If you look at his stats in terms of his goal-scoring, if he gets 20 goals it’s a damn good season.

“It’s building bridges for Hazard. It’s more assists and more goals. He is capable. But 40 goals? I’ll fall off my seat if he gets 40 goals.”

Chelsea FC appointed former Napoli manager Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement in the summer.

Hazard struggle during Conte’s final season in charge amid speculation linking the Belgian winger to a move to FC Barcelona.

The Belgian star won the PFA player of the year after Hazard scored 14 times to help Chelsea FC to win the title under Jose Mourinho.

Hazard beat that tally when Chelsea FC won the 2016-17 Premier League season after the Belgium forward netted 16 goals.

The Blues star has been linked with a potential move to La Liga side Real Madrid over the past few transfer windows.

His much desired switch to los Blancos appeared to be on the cards in the summer after Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus.

However, Hazard’s idol Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid following their Champions League success in Kiev earlier in 2018.

The Chelsea FC number 10 has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League, the FA Cup and the League Cup following his move to the west London side from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2012.

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