Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea defence must improve to sustain title bid

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

The manager believes Hazard can score 40 goals this season if he expends less energy in the middle of the pitch, and even win the Golden Boot. "He has to improve some things, but he can do it", the Italian is quoted as saying by Sky Sports after Hazard scored a hat-trick against Cardiff over the weekend.

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Belgium worldwide Eden Hazard scored three goals on Saturday, September 15, as Chelsea defeated visiting Cardiff City 4-1 in a Premier League encounter.

Chelsea sit top of the table as a result, and Hazard already has five goals to his name - three more than Mohamed Salah.

Hazard himself has hailed Olivier Giroud as the world's best target man after the World Cup-winning striker laid on two goals for him.

"He can hold up the ball.it's a pleasure to play with him".

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Maurizio Sarri has urged his team to improve defensively if they want to mount a serious title challenge this season. I think for me, it was enough, so we start the pre-season later. 'I think we must improve but we can improve'.

The west London club are two points clear of defending champions Manchester City but Sarri said both City and second-placed Liverpool are "better" than his side.

"So I have to organise better the defensive phase and the players have to understand that". "My target is to become the best team in England in one year, 18 months".

Despite his undisputed world class status, Hazard has never yet cracked the very top bracket of elite global players where Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi perform, joined by the likes of Neymar, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Antoine Griezmann, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Gareth Bale and other superstars at various times over the course of the last decade.

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