A MANAGER LIKE SARRI IS WHAT HAZARD NEEDED

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Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany believes the future is bright for Eden Hazard because he is finally playing under a manager who favours offensive football.

Hazard’s relationship with Antonio Conte deteriorated last season, mostly due to the Blues’ defensive approach, and Hazard was ready to leave if the Italian stayed.

Before Conte, Hazard also played under defensive-minded coaches like Rafael Benitez and Jose Mourinho at Chelsea after joining from Lille in 2012.

Hazard started the season brightly under Maurizio Sarri but has failed to score since picking up an injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard’s Belgium team-mate Kompany said: “I think he was due an offensive manager. I can’t remember him having that a lot in his career.

“Eventually a manager like this is what he needed, no matter where he was, to get the best out of him. The future is bright for him.”

Kompany has also been impressed with the football Chelsea are playing under Sarri this season.

“Chelsea is one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League this year,” said Kompany. “Look at the way they try and build up, the way they try and play through the middle, the talent they have upfront to create chances – you can only say that they are the real deal.

“And that is what makes this game exciting I think. It will be a good game.”

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