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The 2 Robbies: Sarri on Hazard, “maybe the best in Europe”

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle wrap up an eventful Saturday of Premier League action. Breaking down the big match between Liverpool and Tottenham, review Man United’s progress under Jose Mourinho, mull over Maurizio Sarri and his exciting style of play and take a deep dive into the problems at West Ham.

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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.

Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Scotland 4-0 in friendly

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored twice in eight minutes as Belgium eased to a 4-0 victory over Scotland on Friday in its first game since finishing third at the World Cup.

Seven minutes after coming on at halftime in the friendly, Batshuayi took a pass from Eden Hazard in a swift Belgium break and guided the ball low into the net.

Batshuayi, who is on loan at Spanish club Valencia from English Premier League side Chelsea, struck again from just outside the penalty area on the hour.

The earlier goals in Glasgow came from Romelu Lukaku in the first half and Hazard a minute into the second half.

The Belgian players showed the quality that saw them achieve their team’s best-ever World Cup showing by finishing third in Russia in July.

Scotland hasn’t qualified for a tournament since the 1998 World Cup.