Hazard 'maybe' the best in Europe, says Chelsea boss Sarri


Chelsea have a great chance to record a fifth straight win when they hose Cardiff City this weekend but even if they do have 15 points from the first five games, it looks like Sarri will not be totally convinced of his side's title chances. So I know that the matches after the break are very, very hard.

A lifeless, error-strewn display against Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley did not augur well for Chelsea and despite a 3-2 league win against Arsenal featuring some delightful football, it was offset by glaring defensive deficiencies that might have resulted in five or six goals for the Gunners. Still unbeaten, Manchester City beat Fulham 3-0 to remain two points behind the front-runners.

But the Blues had to come back from a goal down to win this match as they maintain their ideal start of the season winning their first five games. Chelsea was victorious both times, winning 4-1 at home in the first game and 2-1 away at Cardiff in the second. But if he wants to help us, I'm really very happy. Pedro caused plenty of problems but was very wasteful with his shooting, whilst Giroud proved an excellent provider with two assists but failed to register a shot on target himself. I have to speak to him.

Chelsea were stunned when an unmarked Sol Bamba flicked home to put Cardiff ahead in the 16th minute, but Hazard replied twice before halftime as the home side upped the tempo.

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Olivier Giroud laid on Hazard's first two goals, as the France target man continues to refine a potent partnership with his team-mate. However, they shouldn't underestimate Cardiff. Now I have changed my mind: maybe he is the best.

Hazard's third came from the spot in the 80th after a penalty was won by Willian, who curled in the fourth three minutes later.

Terry previously indicated he wants to return to Chelsea as the club's manager and Sarri has opened the door for the 37-year-old to join his coaching staff.

But Chelsea have learned fast enough to win and entertain so far.