EPL: Hazard names ‘best manager’ he has played under at Chelsea


Chelsea ace, Eden Hazard has described manager, Maurizio Sarri, as the best manager he has played under at the club.

Sarri is the sixth manager Hazard has had during his six years at Stamford Bridge, and the Italian gaffer has made a positive start to his reign, with the West London club still unbeaten this season.

Hazard, who won the Premier League title under former Blues managers, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte for Chelsea, also played under Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez and Guus Hiddink.

The Belgium international, however, believes that Sarri’s style of play trumps them all.

“I think Sarri is a great manager. When you play football, you want to play for these kinds of managers because the way he wants us to play is the way that I want to play,” Hazard was quoted by Sportmole as saying.

“We had some great results in the past so I can’t say that the managers before weren’t good, but I think in terms of football and the way we are playing, yes, this is the best football since I have been at Chelsea. A lot of pass and move. Then we also have good players in our team so that’s why we are playing this great football.

“So I am just thinking about this season. I want to win something with him and then we will think about what happens at the end of the season but now, in my head, it is just play and enjoy football then try to win the games. [Sarri] is very good. He is talking a lot with the players. He is joking a lot. When you see him, maybe you think he is a bit focused on the game but he can make some jokes. I think we need that.

“He is a funny guy but he likes to work. When it is time to enjoy, then he wants us to enjoy. When he is talking about football, the first thing he says is let’s make you enjoy. That’s good. What might make me stay? I am happy and I don’t need anything. It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win but I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then I am happy.”

Hazard has netted eight goals in ten appearances across all competitions for Sarri’s side in the course of this campaign.


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