Maurizio Sarri issues plea for help as he warns of scheduling conflict

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       Gianfranco Zola says Eden Hazard is not yet at his best

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He doesn't lose the ball, he's dribbling well, he's scoring goals. "Having been a big part of things for seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I'm definitely finding it hard this year to deal with that situation", he added. I didn't know he's so good.

"I talked with Eden (on Friday) and I told him that, for me, he can score 40 goals".

"You just can't mark him, you just cannot mark him".

"Eden has all the qualities to be the best, and his personality as well, the way he behaves".

While Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata missed chances for the Blues, Andriy Yarmolenko spurned a fine headed opportunity late on and Hazard admits Chelsea might easily have ended up on the losing side. His teammate and World Cup victor Giroud seems to link up better with Hazard.

Against Cardiff, each facet of Hazard's play was on display in his opening goal when he dropped short into space to pick up a pass from N'Golo Kante.

"I thought he was one of the best players in Europe, but now I change my mind that he is the best", he said.




The Stamford Bridge club are top of the Premier League table after five wins out of five but the fixture list has been relatively kind to them so far.

That effectiveness eventually wore off, in part due to the tactical response of opposition managers, but also because of the two players' respective limitations.

"I am very happy with the performance and the three points, but I am not very happy with the result".

Giroud, 31, limited to substitute appearances before last week, is yet to score for Chelsea this season but already has three assists in the Premier League.

In Giroud, Chelsea have one of the best "wall-passers" in the league.

Both Blues front men have been struggled to find their form in front of goal this season. He will hope to bring that total closer to 30 before the end of this season, and looking at how Chelsea are playing right now, he shouldn't have much trouble doing so.

Chelsea have secured six successive victories since Sarri took over from Antonio Conte in the summer and the new Italian confesses he has amazed himself.

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