MX23RW : Monday, June 14 18:26:13| >> :120:11324:11324:

Maurizio Sarri calls on Eden Hazard to step up another level

Sarri tells Hazard to step up another level
© Reuters
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes that Eden Hazard is capable of becoming the world's best player if he steps up his game this season.

Maurizio Sarri has labelled Eden Hazard "one of the best in Europe", but insists that the Chelsea forward can still step up another level.

Hazard is in contention to make his first start of the campaign on Saturday evening when the Blues play host to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international enjoyed a positive World Cup, helping his side to a third-place finish in Russia, and now looks certain to stay in West London for another season.

After netting at least 12 league goals in the last four years, Sarri is confident that Hazard can now move on a par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to become the world's best player.

"Hazard, technically, is really one of the best in Europe in this moment, I think," he told reporters. "He has to work from the physical point of view, of course.

"It depends on his position on the pitch. In the last five years, Cristiano has played like a striker. Messi like a striker, Eden sometimes like a winger. Eden can improve.

"We are talking about one of the most important players in Europe now but, in my opinion, he can improve more. He can be the first. It depends on him. The best for technical skill, the best for scoring, but I think it depends only on him. On his mind.

"Chelsea are one of the most important clubs in Europe. I think one of the most important clubs in Europe cannot sell an important player without the possibility of buying a player on the same level. The first time I have spoken to him, I was sure that he would stay. So I was concerned for 20 days, no more."

Hazard assisted Chelsea's third goal at Huddersfield Town last weekend after coming on as a substitute

ID:333752: cacheID:333752:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:3160:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Mateo Kovacic celebrates after winning the Champions League final with Real Madrid on May 26, 2018
Read Next:
Sarri: 'Kovacic not ready for 90 minutes'

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Monday, June 14, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Todays Game Header Right
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!