Eden Hazard has revealed how he is flourishing again under the refreshing and attacking approach of Maurizio Sarri.
The Belgian ace has been in stunning form for the Blues in the new campaign, having already netted seven goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in the league match against Cardiff. His six goals in the Premier League sees him lead the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot.
With two assists to his name as well, it is largely credit to Hazard that the west London side are enjoying an unbeaten start under Sarri, having notched five wins and two draws so far. Sarri’s arrival saw the Stamford Bridge outfit switch into a more enterprising brand of football compared with former head coach Antonio Conte’s more conservative approach and Hazard has claimed his form took an upturn due to the ex-Napoli boss’ style, allowing him to see more of the ball and orchestrate with it.
“The more you have the ball the more you have chances to do something,” the Belgian winger said. “If I touch 40 balls in one game it’s not easy to do something but, if I touch 90 balls, I have more chance to create something. My football is always like this, I take a risk, I try to dribble [past] one, two sometimes three, I miss sometimes but sometimes I can pass players and score goals. [The attention] it’s good for me.”
Even before his immaculate performances in the Premier League this campaign, Hazard has been in magnificent form, netting a 24th-minute penalty that proved to be the winner in the FA Cup final against Manchester United last May before going on to star in the World Cup for Belgium last summer.
Hazard recognises he is in the form of his life at the moment and has added he is keen to build on these performances for the future. “Since the FA Cup final last year, the World Cup, I’m at a good level, I can score goals and, when you do something good, you need to practise more to keep this good momentum,” added the 27-year-old.
“I’m in a good mood at the moment. I just want to keep going like this.”