We thought Eden Hazard and Maurizio Sarri might be a match made in heaven. Combine a player who lives to have the ball and attack, with a coach who preaches controlling the ball and attacking, it sure seems like the ingredients are there for a happy marriage.
And so it appears to be. It was a happy Eden Hazard who talked to BT Sport in the tunnel after firing the game-winning assist to Marcos Alonso on Sunday against Arsenal, and he made sure to name-check his coach.
“I think he’s the kind of manager, he wants the ball, to have control of the ball, so I can’t say a wrong thing [bad thing] about that! I just want to play, have the ball on my feet and you know, we have good players and we can do something, do something magic, so yeah, it’s good to have this kind of manager.”
As for the idea that it will take time to implement all of Sarri’s ideas, Eden, who knows a thing or two about how challenging the Premier League is, doesn’t sound like he wants to wait.
“I think in Premier League we don’t have time, we just want to win game after game. But he’s a great manager, like we had before. Now we just want to enjoy and win games.”
-Eden Hazard; source: BT Sport
Hazard may have a future as a diplomat, with that acknowledgement of coaches past. But the important thing here is that he’s clearly enjoying his football.
For the first time in his six-year Chelsea career, Eden Hazard has a coach who’ll be able to fully harness his amazing talents. (Ed.note: in theory, anyway.)
This is going to be fun to watch.
"He's the kind of manager who wants control of the ball. He's a great manager."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 18, 2018
Eden Hazard is full of praise for the attacking style of play Maurizio Sarri has already introduced to Chelsea.
Two games ✔️
Two wins ✔️
Six goals ⚽
1st in the league