Hazard hails Sarri approach compared to Conte and Mourinho

Hazard hails Sarri approach compared to Conte and Mourinho
Hazard hails Sarri approach compared to Conte and Mourinho

The 27-year-old playmaker has begun the season in sparkling form and scored his second of the campaign in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth which gave Chelsea four wins from four Premier League games.

Hazard was repeatedly linked with Real Madrid in the summer and hinted – after helping Belgium to third place at the World Cup – that his preference was to leave Chelsea.

No move materialised and Hazard, now in his seventh season at Stamford Bridge, is enjoying new head coach Sarri’s style of football.

“I like to have the ball. Not in my own half, but in the last 30 metres,” Hazard told Chelsea TV.

“I like this type of game. It’s completely different than Antonio Conte or (Jose) Mourinho before.

“We have more ball so for me it’s not bad.”

Hazard’s contract expires in 2020 and the offer of an extension has not been taken up so far, but he is showing no signs of unhappiness.

Hazard was a substitute in Chelsea’s first two matches of the season, but was instrumental in the win over Arsenal and then started and scored against Newcastle and the Cherries.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.Getty Images

He understood his slow reintroduction to club football and appears happy just to wait and see on his long-term future.

Asked how he is, Hazard said: “Good. You can see on the pitch.

“Let’s see the future.”

The arrivals of Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli, and Mateo Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, have given Chelsea a different dimension, Hazard says.

Bournemouth's English defender Adam Smith (L) vies with Chelsea's Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on September 1, 2018.Getty Images

Hazard added: “It’s not so different (from the past). The big difference is we bring two players – Jorginho and (Mateo) Kovacic – and they are completely different.

“We just try to keep the ball more often and then when we have a chance to score, we need to score.

“But when we have more ball we can be more dangerous.

“We’re playing good football, so we enjoy. I want to keep this momentum.”

Sarri lauded Marcos Alonso as the best left-back in Europe after the Bournemouth win and Hazard has a similarly high opinion of the Spaniard.

Chelsea's Spanish defender Marcos Alonso celebrates on the final whistle in the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on August 18, 2018.Getty Images

The Belgian said: “He’s sometimes in front of me. I want to say to him ‘Marcos, sometimes your first target is to defend, because you play left-back’.

“This guy doesn’t want to listen, he just wants to score goals. No problem. He’s doing well.

“We’re lucky to have him in the team. Fantastic.”

This article was written by cool news network.

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