SARRI NOT SURE WHETHER HAZARD WILL START AGAINST SLAVIA PRAGUE

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Eden Hazard has been in amazing form for Chelsea in recent weeks, and the Belgian is enjoying his best individual campaign at the club.

Hazard has played Chelsea’s last three games over a space of eight days, and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is unsure the Belgian will feature in Thursday night’s Europa League tie against Slavia Prague as he’s also keeping an eye on Sunday’s crucial league tie against Liverpool.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash, Sarri revealed he’s unsure Hazard will feature against Slavia Prague and also hinted that he might also rest some of the players who featured in the game against West Ham on Monday, as he revealed that he’ll have to check the fitness of the players before making his final squad.

Asked about Hazard’s availability for the tie, Sarri said: “I don’t know. Yesterday he had only recovery training in the gym. I didn’t see him. This morning he was a little bit tired, like the other players who played 90 minutes [on Monday]. I want to wait until tomorrow morning’s session and then I will decide, but of course we have to play after three days in Liverpool.

“Slavia played on Saturday, we played on Monday, I don’t know why. Tomorrow we will have to change five or six players.”

Sarri then revealed that he will want Hazard to remain part of his team as Chelsea seek to return to the Champions League and become one of the top European teams.

He added: “It’s very difficult to say if he is the best, but he is one of the best. Our dream must be to become the best team in Europe, not [for him] to change team.”

Hazard has been in incredible form this season, scoring 16 goals and providing 12 assists in the Premier League.

Hazard admits that Maurizio Sarri’s way of playing has helped him reach new heights. 

“Statistically it’s my best season,” Hazard told Sky Sports.

“The way he (Sarri) thinks in football is the way I think in football. So it’s easy to understand each other.

“OK, sometimes we lost, but at the end the way he wants us to play is the same way I want Chelsea to play. That’s why we have a good relationship.”

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