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Attacking players like me benefitting from coach Sarri’s style of play, says Hazard

first_imgEden Hazard feels Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri’s style of play is helping the attacking players flourish at the club but reiterated that he is yet to sign a new contract with the Blues.Hazard was recently in the FIFPro World XI at FIFA’s The Best Awards in London and he has had a sensational start to the season with six goals in the seven appearances he had made for the Chelsea.Hazard recently broke the internet with a remarkable solo goal against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup where he came from bench to win the match for Chelsea. For most part of the match, Liverpool led 1-0.In the 56th minute of the match, Hazard replaced Willian on the field. Thereafter, Emerson Palmieri scored in the 79th minute to draw level. But it was the Hazard goal in the 85th minute that won Chelsea the match.You need to see that @hazardeden10 goal from all angles! ?? pic.twitter.com/Ucmq7I4RCAChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 27, 2018Also read – League Cup: Chelsea knock Liverpool out, Arsenal and Tottenham move into next roundHazard’s existing contract would keep him at Stamford Bridge for another two years but his scintillating start to the season has done nothing to stop the persistent rumours linking him to Real Madrid.”I haven’t signed a contract,” the Belgian said after scoring the winning goal in his team’s 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Liverpool in midweek. “Not yet, not yet.”The second round of a double-header against the league-leading Merseyside club provides Chelsea’s next fixture on Saturday, when Hazard could add to the five goals he has scored in six Premier League appearances so far this campaign.advertisementSarri replaced his compatriot Antonio Conte before the start of the season and Hazard said his attempts to change Chelsea’s counter-attacking style to a more possession-based model had been beneficial to his game.”Sarri is a manager who likes to have the ball. That makes a big difference,” Hazard added.Also read – Eden Hazard makes it into FIFPro World XI”Besides that, he’s an Italian. Just like under Conte there’s a lot of tactics and we have to work hard in training.”I don’t feel like saying that I didn’t have any freedom under my previous managers. Conte and (Jose) Mourinho also let me do what I wanted in the last third. That’s why I could excel under them too. Defensively I know what I have to do.”Sarri’s desire for a new style has resulted in a change of formation and personnel out on the pitch, which Hazard believes has helped the forward line get amongst the goals.New signing Jorginho has featured regularly in a central defensive midfield role, with N’Golo Kante pushed further forward as a result, while players such as centre back David Luiz have been given a chance to revive their careers.Luiz, who made 10 league starts under Conte last season, has started all six of Chelsea’s league games under Sarri.”We have different players, players we didn’t have last season, players who like to have the ball,” Hazard said.”We have more possession than before. The attacking players benefit from that.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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