Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri reckons his star attacker Eden Hazard can score up to 40 goals a season if he tailors his approach to the game a little.
Hazard has started this campaign in blistering form netting five times and providing two assists in the Blues opening five fixtures of the season.
Despite his obvious world class ability Hazard has never scored more than 16 goals in a Premier League campaign for Chelsea, with Sarri suggesting the 27-year-old can start to move into Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo territory by scoring up to 40 goals a season if he stops wasting energy too far away from goal.
“Yesterday I said to him that for me you can score 40 goals,” Sarri told the press after yesterday’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City.
“But you have to spend less energy far from goal and you have to play in the last 25 metres of the field.
“I think that he can spend less energy than he does now at 50 to 60 metres from the opposite goal.
“In these actions I think he spends a lot of energy, and he can have more energy in the last 25 metres.”
Chelsea’s victory over Cardiff yesterday maintained their 100% start to the season under Sarri and sees the Stamford Bride outfit keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.