Hazard “can score 30-35 goals,” says Chelsea boss Sarri

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard is getting dream advice for an attack-minded player.

It seems his manager wants him to be more one-dimensional.

Hazard scored thrice in Chelsea’s 4-1 demolition of Cardiff City on Saturday to bring his goal haul to five on the Premier League season.

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And Maurizio Sarri thinks the Belgian can tempt Mohamed Salah‘s Premier League record of 32 goals if he focuses on the final third.

“He touched the ball in our own half six times,” Sarri said. “That means he spent more energy.”

Hazard’s previous PL-best goal season is 16, set in 2016-17. Can he double that in a season?

Probably not unless Chelsea takes the shackles off to the extent Jurgen Klopp does with Salah at Liverpool, but the 27-year-old looked scintillating while combining with Olivier Giroud and company on Saturday.

A better question might be whether Chelsea is the best team in the league through five matches. They do, after all, lead the table on goal differential.

Willian, Hazard wow as Chelsea rout Cardiff

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Eden Hazard scored a hat trick while Willian was the star of the second half as Chelsea overcame an early concession to rock Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Hazard’s first two goals were set-up by Olivier Giroud, while Willian scored a beauty and drew the penalty kick that became Hazard’s third.

Chelsea goes ahead of Liverpool on goal differential to lead the table, while Cardiff is one point ahead of the Bottom Three.

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Cardiff took a shock lead, with Bamba in position to deposit a Sean Morrison flick beyond the reach of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Pedro missed a significant chance to make it 1-1, failing to challenge Neil Etheridge with a 36th minute shot.

It was one of several first half chances created by the Blues that did not have appropriate finish.

Hazard, however, did when he worked a 1-2 with Olivier Giroud to slot a gorgeous low shot inside the far post.

And it wasn’t long after the Giroud stuck out a leg to perfectly set up Hazard for his second of the game.

Pedro missed making it 3-0, set up by Antonio Rudiger in the 62nd minute.

And it could’ve been 2-2 out of nowhere had Bobby Reid not dragged his shot wide of goal.

That’s when Willian stepped to the front, earning a penalty that Hazard converted for his hat trick and then scoring a gorgeous curling shot from outside the 18 to make it 4-1.

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WATCH: Giroud, Hazard combine twice to lead Chelsea comeback

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Cardiff City’s joy at an early lead over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was dashed by a pair of in-form attackers.

Olivier Giroud assisted a pair of Eden Hazard goals, the first a sensational 1-2, as the Blues came from behind to take a 2-1 halftime lead.

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That goal is above, the Belgian’s equalizer well worked with his French forward.

The second was in-tight, with Giroud sticking out a leg to deftly set-up Hazard for a finish behind Neil Etheridge.

AT HALF: Chelsea, Man City, Bournemouth pour it on

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Eden Hazard and Ryan Fraser both have first half braces, sealing places on the Premier League Team of the Week before the clock reads 11 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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Chelsea 2-1 Cardiff City

Sol Bamba gave the visitors a shock lead in the sixth minute, but Eden Hazard finished a 1-2 with Olivier Giroud by tearing into a low shot that met the inside netting of the far post in the 37th minute. Then pair then teamed up again before halftime, with Hazard completing his brace.

Manchester City 2-0 Fulham

David Silva and Leroy Sane have City cruising at the Etihad Stadium, with Slavisa Jokanovic needing to summon a miracle for the visitors.

Newcastle United 0-0 Arsenal

The Gunners have been second-best at St. James’ Park, but Newcastle may rue not finishing a chance in the first 45.

Bournemouth 3-0 Leicester City

Ryan Fraser’s excellent first part of the season continues against the Foxes, with a pair of goals. The Cherries then got a penalty, but no hat trick: it was Joshua King who attempted and converted the effort.

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha returns to the Starting XI.

Wilfried Zaha scores.

Hugo Lloris banned, fined for DUI

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Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris appeared in court in London on Wednesday, with the star goalkeeper banned from driving and fined after accepting he drove his car despite being over two times the drink-drive limit.

Lloris, 31, was handed a 20-month driving ban and fined $65,000 for the incident which took place in the early hours of Friday Aug. 24 as he spent the night in jail.

The captain of France’s 2018 World Cup winning team had been out with Arsenal captain and French teammate Laurent Koscielny, plus Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud for dinner and drinks in central London. When he left the restaurant he was pulled over by an undercover police car.

More details emerged from the prosecutor in Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday, with Lloris said to be driving at 15 miler per hour in a 30 zone, while he also ran a red light and swerved towards parked cars before being stopped by police. It was also revealed that vomit was found in his car and Lloris had to be helped out of the vehicle by police officers.

Tottenham have said they are dealing with the matter internally, with Lloris’ manager Mauricio Pochettino previously accepting it was extremely out of character for their club captain but wasn’t something they could justify.

“I think it is a massive lesson for everyone. He [Lloris] is punishing himself. He feels so sorry and so bad,” Pochettino said. “He knows he made a big mistake. In the same way I think it is out of character. We are going to support him but knowing that we cannot justify.”

It remains to be seen whether or not Lloris will be stripped of the captaincy for Spurs and France after this incident.

Lloris didn’t play in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Watford before the international break after suffering a thigh injury, while he didn’t feature for France over the international break but was in the Stade de France in Paris to lead Les Bleus’ World Cup trophy celebrations with their fans on Monday.

Defending Lloris, David Sonn told the court how his client was showered with drinks from fellow diners as they had continued to celebrate France’s World Cup success.

“On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet,” Mr Sonn said. “Just 40 days later, he was arrested. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight. The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris.”