Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Liverpool, Manchester City still a level above Chelsea, insists Maurizio Sarri

Liverpool, Manchester City still a level above Chelsea, insists Maurizio Sarri

But if he wants to help us, I'm really very happy. "Yesterday I told him for me he can score 40 goals".

He played 36 times last season for Villa, who were beaten in the Championship play-off final by Fulham.

His form has been ridiculously good and he turned in one of his finest ever displays in a Chelsea shirt against Cardiff.

"I think Hazard can improve more", Sarri added.

'When we have the ball in our half and he touches the ball five times or six times, so his actions it shows he spends a lot of energies, and can have more energy in the last 25 metres. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant start to his season with five goals and two assists so far, but Sarri believes he can go even further.

Chelsea rarely offer contracts of longer than one season to players over the age of 30, but they are understood to be eager to secure the Brazilian's long-term future.

On where he thinks Chelsea can improve, Sarri added: "I think in this moment we are very risky in the offensive phase but we are not so solid as I want in the defensive phase".

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The feeling of being outclassed is one Cardiff may become accustomed to, having failed to significantly strengthen over the summer on their return to the top flight.

City remain just two points back and looked back to their best in tearing apart Fulham 3-0 thanks to goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling.

It's been a rough beginning for Cardiff, as they've only managed to secure two points in their first four games.

"Now we have to prove that and do it again and again".

The Belgian worldwide got on the end of an Olivier Giroud pass to fire in to the bottom corner for 1-1.

Chelsea were stunned when an unmarked Sol Bamba flicked home to put Cardiff ahead in the 16th minute, but Hazard replied twice before halftime as the home side upped the tempo.

Moments later Willian produced his own moment of magic with a wonderful curling effort from 20 yards that bent into the top corner.

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