Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard can score 40 goals for Chelsea this season if he spends less energy far from post and focus fully on the final third of the pitch.
“I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe, but now I am changing my mind that he is the best,” Sarri said after the 4-1 win over Watford. “I think Hazard can improve more. I think that he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres to the opposite goal.”
Asked to clarify what he meant, Sarri said: “When we have the ball in our half, he touches the ball five or six times, so his actions show he spends a lot of energy and [he] can have more energy in the last 25 metres. I think he can score 30 or 35 goals.
“I think he can do it. I told him in the last two days because Eden only arrived two days ago. After the international [break], I prefer to give the players one day off. I have spoken to him in the last two days, and yesterday, I told him for me he can score 40 goals. But spend less energy far from the goal and play in the last 25 metres.”