Eden Hazard can score 40 goals this season and win the Premier League Golden Boot, according to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after the Belgium forward scored a hat-trick to maintain the club's ideal start to the season.
Sarri lauded Hazard's importance to the team after tearing apart Cardiff with three goals in a 4-1 victory on Saturday that made it five wins from five matches.
Eden Hazard has the potential to score 40 times in a season, according to ex-England worldwide Stuart Pearce, but it will be impossible for him to do so at Chelsea.
"I have a feeling Sarri will give someone like Ruben Loftus-Cheek an outing, so I will back the England midfielder to score". "Now you know why Man City and Chelsea I think were fighting over him".
"I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe but now I am changing my mind that he is the best. But I also think he can still improve more".
You could forgive him for starting slowly, but he appears to have carried his World Cup performance level into the start of the Premier League season.
Sarri is hoping that his system, and the midfield strength that underpins it, can allow Hazard to focus fully on the final third rather than feeling the burden of stabilizing and igniting uninspired Chelsea passages of play from deeper positions.
"What can I tell you is we are prepared for the game, to keep our organisation as usual".
Mourinho led Chelsea FC to the 2014-15 Premier League title and the League Cup before the Portuguese head coach was sacked in December 2015. On current form, he could easily win the award again this season.
It says much for the wealth of options on offer to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola that he could afford to leave out last season's Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane for the first month of the season.
"Eight players joined us this summer". I saw the players working every day of the week.
"So I have to organise better the defensive phase and the players have to understand that".
It was his second hat-trick for Chelsea, coming four years after he scored all the goals in their 3-0 win over Newcastle.