Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Chelsea move top as Eden Hazard hits hat trick; Liverpool beat Tottenham

Chelsea move top as Eden Hazard hits hat trick; Liverpool beat Tottenham

New boss Sarri became just the fourth Premier League manager to win his first five fixtures in the division, following in the footsteps of Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola and Craig Shakespeare.

The Blues mercurial playmaker Eden Hazard was at his brilliant best again against the Bluebirds netting a hat-trick and speaking after the match Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted that the Belgium worldwide is even better than he thought before taking over at Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old moved to Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, two years after Chelsea's historic triumph in Munich, and returned two years later to lift his first ever Premier League title during Conte's first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

His opposite number on Saturday will be a manager who is known for shouting at his players to instill fight in them, as Neil Warnock's management style appears to be the opposite of Sarri's. "I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think".

"Look at the Champions League in 2012". It's very hard to close a gap of 30 points at the beginning of the season.

"My target is to be the best team in England, but not in one month".

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"For me, it's a pleasure", Sarri said when asked if his days are long. "This is amazing", he added.

That lethargy left the Blues reliant on Hazard's brilliance and while Sarri will be happy his side has kept pace with Liverpool, there's work to do if his Chelsea side wants to be in the title picture still come the end of the season. After the worldwide [break], I prefer to give the players one day off.

David Silva doubled the lead in the 21st minute, scoring his 50th league goal in his 350th league game when he finished past Bettinelli following a deflect, and Raheem Sterling scored his third goal of the season in the 47th minute on a cross from Sergio Aguero after Ryan Sessegnon lost possession.

At the moment, I can answer Manchester City or Liverpool [are the contenders]. So I know that the matches after the break are very, very hard. But I hope, in the future, I think I will be able to give him space, to give a space to [Hudson-] Odoi, to [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek.

Arter was a little quick to the ground though, leaving his covering players exposed and producing some needless fouls.

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