Chelsea beat Cardiff City 4-1 in Premier League encounter


Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick as Chelsea continued their ideal start under Maurizio Sarri to move top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Cardiff at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Sep 15). In this actions he spend a lot of energy. I think so. When he gets the ball, he can hold it and we can go with him. I have spoken to him in the last two days, and yesterday, I told him for me he can score 40 goals.

While the Blues have managed to adopt Sarri's offensive tactics very well, with the club now having made the most passes of all Premier League sides with 2,995 and a passing accuracy of 89% (equal to Manchester City), the Italian feels that there is still room for improvement, particularly on the defensive phase of their game - something he had earlier mentioned needs a complete change of the mind.

"I can not change my mind for one match", he said. "I think we must improve but we can improve". His defence was rarely tested, but when it was they left plenty of space to exploit with Cardiff having already gone very close from a corner before the opening goal. Our target is this. "But at the moment, I repeat, for me, in my opinion, Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us".

Cardiff took the lead thanks to a risky free kick and anxious Chelsea's defence with set-pieces throughout the match.

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But the timing of the fixture makes a damaging setback more likely according to Sarri, who said that he encountered a similar problem during his time in charge of Napoli.

"I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think", he said.

We are still very much in the dark, but Sarri has suggested that we will know the answer soon.

Arter was a little quick to the ground though, leaving his covering players exposed and producing some needless fouls.