Eden Hazard on Sarri: Chelsea slumped to a heavy 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on the weekend.
Chelsea faced a stunning 6-0 defeat over the weekend to Manchester City in the Premier League.
With this loss, Chelsea fell to 6th in the league table, behind Manchester United and Arsenal.
Maurizio Sarri and the side faced significant criticism for their display at the Etihad Stadium. The Chelsea manager stated that the reason behind the performance was ‘difficult’ to understand.
The Times reported yesterday that Chelsea’s senior team even lost to their youth team when the squad regrouped for training sessions following the defeat to City.
Despite this, Eden Hazard has now come out in support of the manager.
Eden Hazard on Sarri:
Eden Hazard admitted last year that he looks back at the way his time ended with Mourinho in disappointment. However, in an interview published on Chelsea’s official website, Hazard insisted that Sarri’s philosophy is the most suited to his style.
“All the managers I’ve played for have given me something,” said Hazard.
— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) February 13, 2019
Everyone is trying to figure out who the Chelsea snakes are.
If you guess Hazard, you’re almost surely wrong. He’s praised Sarri all year, even recently. @HLNinEngeland points out he may not like conflict but he’s never really been the snake.
But whoever they are, #ReptilesOut
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) February 12, 2019
“From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille, to now with Maurizio Sarri. They all see football in different ways which is why I’m the player I am. They have all given me important advice.
“Jose Mourinho was special, but the way Sarri and Rudi Garcia [former Lille coach] like to play is more like my philosophy of football, but they’ve all given me a lot.”
Maurizio Sarri has previously criticised Eden Hazard for his lack of leadership in the team.
“He’s not decided yet if he wants to stay here or if he wants a new experience in another club,” said Sarri in January.
“I don’t know in this moment,” Sarri said when asked if Hazard possesses the ‘leadership qualities’. The Chelsea manager has previously stated that Cesar Azipilicueta and David Luiz are players ‘players with the characteristics to be leaders.’
Hazard: “From when I started with Claude Puel at Lille, to now with Maurizio Sarri. They all see football in different ways which is why I’m the player I am. They have all given me important advice.” #CFC
— The Blues (@TheBlues___) February 13, 2019
Eden Hazard –
“The way Sarri thinks is the same way I think about football”
via The Times pic.twitter.com/QkTIGGimYq
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) February 8, 2019
“In this moment, he’s more an individual player than a leader. He is very important for us, of course, because he is a great player. He always can win the match in two minutes. Sometimes in one minute.
“But, at the moment, he’s not a leader. He’s a great player. One of the best in the world.”