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SARRI: HAZARD ‘MAYBE’ BEST IN EUROPE & WILL IM­PROVE

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By TOM HOPKINSON

MAU­R­IZIO SARRI thinks Eden Hazard might have over­taken Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo as the best player in Europe – and in­sists there is more to come.

Hazard struck a hat-trick and Wil­lian was also on tar­get as Chelsea beat Cardiff 4-1 at Stam­ford Bridge.

The vic­tory made it five out of five for the Blues and put them ahead of Liver­pool – the only other side with a 100 per cent record – on goal dif­fer­ence.

Asked if Hazard was the best player in the Premier League, Sarri didn’t just limit his an­swer to these shores.

He said: “I thought Hazard was one of the best play­ers in Europe, but now I change my

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mind. Maybe he is the best now.” And un­for­tu­nately for Chelsea’s top-flight ri­vals, Sarri doesn’t think he will stop there. He said: “Hazard can im­prove more.

“I have spo­ken to him in the last two days and told him he can score 40 goals but also to spend less en­ergy far from the goal and play in the last 25 me­tres.”

Bel­gium’s Hazard was de­lighted with the re­sult on the back of the in­ter­na­tional break.

He said: “The game was very tough. We know af­ter the break it is hard to play a good game be­cause we are a bit tired but at the end we got three points and that’s im­por­tant.”

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