Chelsea ..... 4 Cardiff ..... 1

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Tom Hopkinson

MAU­R­IZIO SARRI spent three weeks in the sum­mer fret­ting that Eden Hazard might turn his back on Chelsea.

And that was be­fore he had the chance to see the Bel­gian up close and per­sonal in train­ing.

So good­ness only knows how con­cerned the new Blues boss would have been if he had known then what he knows now about the player’s true ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Hazard had scored in each of his last two games com­ing into this fix­ture and his tre­ble here made it five in three and turned this game on its head.

He struck twice be­fore the break af­ter Sol Bamba had sur­pris­ingly put Cardiff in front.

And he calmly com­pleted his hat-trick from the penalty spot af­ter the break fol­low­ing a clumsy chal­lenge on Wil­lian by de­fender Bamba.

Wil­lian was only on the field for


6; Azpilicueta 6, Rudi­ger

6, Luiz 7, Alonso 6; Kante

7, Jorginho 7, Ko­vacic 6 (Barkley (49th) 6), Pe­dro 7 30 min­utes all told, af­ter com­ing on as a re­place­ment for Pe­dro.

But his im­pact was great and he rounded off Chelsea’s scor­ing with a peach of a goal, curling it be­yond Neil Etheridge from 20 yards.

That strike moved Chelsea ahead of Liver­pool at the top of the ta­ble on goal dif­fer­ence, with both sides keep­ing their 100 per cent records.

And the Blues’ vic­tory saw Sarri be­come only the fourth man­ager to win his first five matches in the Premier League.

Now the chal­lenge for Chelsea is to match the eight straight games Sarri’s Napoli side won in Serie A at the start of last sea­son.

They will have to beat West Ham,

■TWO GOOD: Hazard puts Chelsea in front ■CLASS ACT: Eden com­pletes his hat-trick from the penalty spot ■FI­NAL SAY: Sub Wil­lian cel­e­brates scor­ing the Blues’ fourth CHELSEA:

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