Haz­ard en­joy­ing life un­der new man­ager

Chelsea star has yet to sign new deal

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

Eden Haz­ard is en­joy­ing life un­der new Chelsea man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri but says re­ports that he is about to an­nounce the sign­ing of a new deal with the Lon­don club are wide of the mark.

Haz­ard’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 ru­mors 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 League Cup vic­tory over Liver­pool in mid­week with a stun­ning in­di­vid­ual ef­fort. “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.

Sarri re­placed his com­pa­triot Antonio Conte be­fore the start of the sea­son and Haz­ard said his at­tempts to change Chelsea’s coun­ter­at­tack­ing 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 said.

“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 cen­ter 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.”

Photo: VCG

Chelsea star Eden Haz­ard cel­e­brates scor­ing the win­ning goal against Liver­pool in their League Cup third-round match at An­field on Wed­nes­day in Liver­pool, Eng­land.

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