Hazard can be Premier League top-scorer, says Chelsea's Sarri

Chelsea news Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick against Cardiff on Saturday

The Blues came from a goal down at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to beat newly-promoted Cardiff 4-1 courtesy of three from Hazard, and a late finish from Willian.

The west London side will begin their Europa League group stage campaign on Thursday night when they take on PAOK. Sarri is looking to rotate heavily in the competition and confirmed that at least one of Hazard or Pedro will sit out the match in Thessaloniki.

Despite his undisputed world class status, Hazard has never yet cracked the very top bracket of elite global players where Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi perform, joined by the likes of Neymar, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Antoine Griezmann, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Gareth Bale and other superstars at various times over the course of the last decade.

"He (Sarri) is special", Giroud told Chelsea's official website. He's playing awesome football and I hope he keeps this. "But now I am changing my mind as maybe now he is the best in Europe".

Cesc Fabregas could be in contention to return to action after more than a month out with injury, with Mateo Kovacic likely to be rested after being substituted with a dead leg against Cardiff.

Hazard himself has hailed Olivier Giroud as the world's best target man after the World Cup-winning striker laid on two goals for him.

Therefore, Hazard is now Chelsea's tenth highest scorer, behind George Hilsdon who has 108 goals.

"I think both, because we have to play 60 matches. They have different characteristics, and it depends on the kind of match". "Today [Giroud] played very well without scoring, but very useful for his team-mates I think".

The Italian boss wants to turn Chelsea into the best team in England but says Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City will be the league's pacesetters. As a teenager, the Belgian had been a regular part of a good team, but upon turning 20 years of age he reached a level and has been on an nearly exclusively upward trajectory ever since. "So I think it's normal that in this period we have some defensive problems".

"We have to improve step by step". We can cope with the problems with the quality in the offensive phase, but not in the defensive phase.

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