Sarri on Hazard: He may be the best in Europe

Emmett Rice
September 16, 2018

"My target is to be the best team in England, but not in one month of course".

A ideal start through five games is not unheard of in the Premier League as Chelsea themselves have done it four times, though both of Liverpool's previous five-for-five came in the old First Division.

They started well at Stamford Bridge, and deserved the lead given to them by Bamba, but Chelsea's quality ultimately shone through.

And the defending champions are in the slipstream.

Champions City got back to winning ways after being held by Wolves before the worldwide break with a 3-0 victory over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium with the recalled Leroy Sane on the scoresheet.

The Chelsea star has become an irreplaceable part of the Stamford Bridge side and manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed just how good he really is. I have spoken to him in the last two days, yesterday I told him for me he can score 40 goals. I hope not. It's very hard.

Olivier Giroud laid on Hazard's first two goals, as the France target man continues to refine a potent partnership with his team-mate.

Hazard had the help of a deflection to put Chelsea in front from close range and gave the home side breathing space from the spot after Willian was felled by Bamba.

"I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe, but now I am changing my mind - maybe he is the best", Sarri said.

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"Don't get me wrong, he is one of the best players in European football". Maybe he is the best. "I think we need to improve". Liverpool invested more than $200 million in new talent.

Liverpool's 2-1 victory at Wembley pointed to a tight contest.

But Liverpool was far more sprightly and unsafe on the ball in north London, while Tottenham - particularly striker Harry Kane - was lethargic.

Mourinho wasn't completely satisfied. Giroud laid on the assists for the first two of his teammate's three goals on the day.

"In the second half we decreased our intensity, then the goal happened, then the game is open", said Mourinho.

"It has been frustrating and a little bit of a nightmare to be honest". "It was also a good game today and we won, we played good", he said.

City's Silvas combined for the second.

David Silva doubled the lead in the 21st minute, scoring his 50th league goal in his 350th league game when he finished past Bettinelli following a deflect, and Raheem Sterling scored his third goal of the season in the 47th minute on a cross from Sergio Aguero after Ryan Sessegnon lost possession. The midfielder should certainly have converted the second, a one-on-one with Etheridge, and his hard afternoon came to a frustrating end five minutes into the second half as he limped off with an apparent muscle problem in his right leg.

But the Gunners came out firing after the break and Xhaka smashed his free kick home.

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