Sarri tips Hazard for EPL Golden Boot

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his side's first goal during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London Saturday Sept. 15 2018. (AP

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Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012 and has scored 94 goals for the club but has never hit 20 or more club goals in all competitions in a single campaign.

Maurizio Sarri who replaced Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge has now made it clear that he has told Eden Hazard to score 40 goals this season in all competitions.

Chelsea have enjoyed a ideal start to life under Maurizio Sarri, winning their opening five league matches, and are now atop of the table.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has heaped praise on teammate Olivier Giroud after the striker helped him score a hat-trick against Cardiff City.

Last season, Liverpool's Mo Salah won the coveted trophy with 32 Premier League goals, while Harry Kane was second with 30.

The Blues boss has also challenged his talisman to score 40 goals this season, having already bagged five goals and two assists in five appearances so far.

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It was significant that Olivier Giroud played a major part in two of Hazard's goals, as the big Frenchman justified Sarri's decision to start him ahead of Alvaro Morata. "He has to improve some things, but he can do it".

'We need another step I think to be at the same level. "I think so", the Belgium star told BBC Sport.

'At the moment I can answer Manchester City or Liverpool, ' said Sarri, when asked who he felt were title challengers before the Cardiff game.

"So I have to organise better the defensive phase and the players have to understand that".

"I'm always happy when I play football", Hazard said. In his second coming at the West London club, the Brazilian worldwide has gone from being one of the first names on the team sheet to being a peripheral figure to now becoming a regular once again, all in just two years.

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