DON’T SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT HAZARD, FORMER CHELSEA MANAGER WARNS SARRI

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was unhappy with the Chelsea team after the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, and the Blues boss made his feelings clear to the players and he even went as far as slating them in the media.

Sarri also took a dig at Chelsea star Eden Hazard and said he does not think the Belgian has the qualities to lead Chelsea as he is an individual player rather than a team player.

Despite being captain of the Belgium national team, Sarri doesn’t believe Hazard has the characteristics of a leader.

In responding to Sarri’s claims, Hazard retorted that he doesn’t care what the manager says about him but tries to do his best on the pitch. Hazard also revealed that different managers have said different things about him.

MOTD pundit and former Chelsea player and manager Ruud Gullit has advised Sarri to avoid saying anything negative about Hazard to the media else he might lose the dressing room.

Speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan, Gullit said: “It is very, very risky to criticise your players in public like Sarri did this week – even if you know you are right.

“Sometimes as a manager you really want to be open about what you are thinking, good or bad, and for the right reasons. You are hoping your players respond in the right way.

“But if that openness is misinterpreted by them, then you have more problems.

“What you really don’t want is a situation that plays out in the media like the one we have just seen at Chelsea. The only people who benefit when that happens are the newspapers.”

Speaking about Hazard’s reaction to the manager’s comment, Gullit said: “That is already a sign of what can go wrong when you call your players out.

“I have never really felt like Sarri’s job was at risk through all this but, if they keep talking about each other then, as a manager, he is in trouble.

“That has nothing to do with the power of the player involved, either.

“Yes, Hazard is Chelsea’s best player, and they rely on him too much, but it is the whole dressing room that Sarri has to handle here and keep happy, not just an individual.”

Hazard has by far been Chelsea’s best player this season, with 10 goals and 10 assists in the league, he has been involved in 50% of Chelsea’s goals this season.

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