Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, met reporters today for his pre-match conference. Sarri’s Blues play host to Liverpool on Saturday evening in what could potentially be an epic Premier League encounter.
Unsurprisingly, the player on everyone’s minds was Eden Hazard following the Belgian wizard’s brilliant late winner over Liverpool on Wednesday night. Sarri was asked if he thought Hazard was one of the best players in world football.
“Maybe, I don’t know.’’ Sarri told the press.
“I think that he is, for sure, one of the best. But I am absolutely convinced that he can improve. If he’s able to improve during the training, maybe he will be able to use himself at 100 per cent because I think that we have seen only 70-80-85 per cent of his potential.
“I think that if he is able to improve, he will be the best in the world.”
Sarri was asked to be more specific about just what he thinks Hazard needs to do to improve his game.
“For example, with more intensity in training. I think (if he does that, he could be voted the best in the world).
“It’s very difficult to compare him with other players. He is a genius, I think. It’s very difficult. He’s unique.”
“[Hazard needs] More continuity. From the physical point of view, from the mental point of view, because I think he has the opportunity to improve more.
“He can become the best player in the world. He’s a genius. Technically, I think, he is the best. And so I want him to be the best in the world.
“It’s a very interesting challenge, I think [to take Hazard to the next level]. He has a lot to give. A lot to give to himself, to the team, to the staff. And I want everything.”