ZOLA BELIEVES SARRI CAN HELP EDEN HAZARD REACH HIS FULL POTENTIAL

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Eden Hazard has started the season in brilliant form, scoring five goals in six appearances for Chelsea this season.

The Belgian has been tipped to become the best player in the world due to his immense ability with the ball and Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola believes Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri can help Hazard reach his full potential.

Asked how far Hazard is from being the world’s best player, Zola said: “I think Eden has done magnificently in the World Cup. He’s a player who is getting better and better.

“I don’t think in my opinion he has reached his full potential. I believe he can still use his skills in a better way. I truly believe this.

“I think this year, the team, Maurizio in particular, will help him to reach his full potential.”

Zola also revealed Sarri will help Hazard reach his full potential by playing him closer to goal.

Asked how Hazard can be helped to reach his full potential, Zola said: “I don’t want to look like we are not happy. We are very happy with him.

“As you play, you get more experiences, at a high level for a long time, you get better and learn how to use your abilities in a more efficient way. That’s what I mean. It’s a process he will do himself.

“We will try and suggest how to be more effective on the pitch, and he will benefit from the way we try to play. We try to play a long time in the opposition half.

“The closer we keep him to the goal, the more chances we can get him receiving the ball around the box, the more effective he will be.

“Maybe he can help us. It’s a normal process. It’s seeing and giving him the opportunity to use his abilities in the best area of the pitch, which is close to the goal. That’s what I mean.

“The whole team are playing that way, and he will benefit from that. Plus he will learn, by experience, to be more effective.”

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