Chelsea star Eden Hazard started the season in blistering form, as the Belgian banged the goals in just about every game at the start of the campaign.
At some point in the season, Hazard even topped the league’s scoring chart, but has since lost that position to Mohamed Salah who started the season slowly, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero ahead of the Chelsea star who has scored 12 league goals so far and assisted 10.
Back in September, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri backed Eden Hazard to win the Golden Boot, and says he has told the attacking midfielder he can score 40 goals this season.
Hazard bagged a hat-trick against Cardiff City in a 4-1 victory back in September, and when asked if Hazard can win the Golden Boot, Sarri said: “I think so. We have spoken and I told him he can score 40 goals. He has to improve some things, but he can do it.”
Before scoring a brace in the 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town, Hazard’s last league goal came in December, with the 28-year-old going on a drought as Sarri played him in a striking role which he never liked.
Hazard has now insisted that he doesn’t think he can score up to 40 goals a season.
“But I’m not at all selfish. The way I am can be a weakness to be the best player in the world,” Hazard said.
“Managers like Mourinho, Conte, now with Sarri want me to score 40, 50 goals a season but can I do that? I’m not sure.
“Maybe they think I can, but I know myself and I don’t think I can. But I will try.
“I like to be ‘the star’ but I like also when I can pass the ball to another for him to score, and it is not just about me.
“It’s about everyone. My target is to help the team to win something.”
Hazard told the Times
The win over Huddersfield ended a run a successive league defeats for Chelsea after a difficult January, and now Maurizio Sarri will be hoping his side can get an all important victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.