Sarri looking for Hazard’s return
PREMIER LEAGUE: Maurizio Sarri took encouragement from Chelsea’s free-scoring form without Eden Hazard - but is not about to start resting his star man when he is fit again.
Hazard sat out a second consecutive match with a back problem as Sarri’s side thumped Burnley 4-0 and is a doubt for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round clash with Derby.
The goals were spread around at Turf Moor, with Alvaro Morata scoring one of several golden chances in the first period before Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek chipped in with second-half goals, the latter making it four in a week after his Europa League hat-trick.
Chelsea boss Sarri said: “I want Hazard in every match if it’s possible because we have a lot of very good players but Hazard I think is something different.
“I am very happy because the team was able to score seven goals in two matches without Hazard.
“It’s a very good sign. I want Eden as soon as possible. I don’t know for Wednesday but I hope for Sunday.”
It was another chastening afternoon for Burnley, who have now conceded nine goals in two games after last weekend’s 5-0 thumping at Manchester City.