Maurizio Sarri gives his take on Chelsea's captaincy confusion

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Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea captaincy issue not a major concern

"I've read some suggestions he is the best player in Europe".

The blues will travel across London to Wembley to face West Ham, where supporters will be expecting the team to pick up another three points as their bid to challenge for the title continues.

Spackman conceded it is a worry that Chelsea seem short of firepower upfront and does not believe Eden Hazard is capable of netting 40 goals in a season, as Sarri hinted at last week.

Kovačić, 24, has nailed down a place on the left of Chelsea's midfield trio, alongside Jorginho and N'Golo Kanté, this season.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard is right up there with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, according to team-mate Pedro.

"We just need to keep playing like we are".

"I think this kind of manager is good when you like football", Hazard told Sky Sports News.

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David Luiz was rested from the trip, alongside Eden Hazard, who said he was exhausted after the 4-1 win over Cardiff.

Instead, Hazard is aware enough that Olivier Giroud is behind him, steps over the ball and spins, leaving Bamba's momentum going forward and, suddenly, from Hazard being two yards in front of him, Bamba now finds himself two yards behind and a huge gap is opened in the Cardiff defence.

"You have the striker where you want him, as far as possible from the goal".

Kovacic admits the one area in his game he needs to work on is goalscoring, having only scored eight goals for club and country over the past three seasons. "Liverpool is the kind of game where you want to shine and we will, I hope".

Hazard, who was named in the FIFPro World XI at the annual Federation Internationale de Football Association gala on Monday night, explained that the time to judge Sarri will come when Chelsea's form takes a dip and how he responds. I didn't know that he's so good, ' Kovacic said.

"That's maybe because you relax more, but I think Antonio also had two in the first half which were very clear; one from the left and one from the right that Kepa [Arrizabalaga] saved".

More modern examples of players whom Kovačić looks to emulate include Luka Modrić, with whom he has played at Real Madrid and with Croatia, and Andrés Iniesta, who spent 17 years at Barcelona.

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