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Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea captaincy issue not a major concern

25 September 2018

"I value everything, he was the modern midfielder and he scored goals and defended well, I don't copy anything from anyone but I like to watch Scholes, along with Modric and [Andres] Iniesta, in order to try and improve". "Confidence is up so I hope we can keep up our momentum to win games".

"I think we were in control of the match for 90 minutes".

Asked if he felt 100 per cent fit after a World Cup summer and a busy start to the new season, Hazard told Sky Sports' Laura Woods: "I feel 200 per cent!"

The Stamford Bridge club are top of the Premier League table after five wins out of five but the fixture list has been relatively kind to them so far.

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

"Eden has all the qualities to be the best, and his personality as well, the way he behaves".

"I believe Hazard can score thirty goals or more".

Against Cardiff, each facet of Hazard's play was on display in his opening goal when he dropped short into space to pick up a pass from N'Golo Kante.

"Olivier's a target man, maybe the best in the world - I think so", said Hazard, appearing to make it clear whom he would prefer to see in the line-up."When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it's a pleasure to play with him".

But former England global Merson says that scoring that many goals will be hard because Hazard's game is not simply based around putting the ball in the back of the net.

In Cahill's absence, several players have sported Chelsea's captain armband this season but the club's new manager doesn't pay much attention to the captaincy issue.

In Giroud, Chelsea have one of the best "wall-passers" in the league.

The Spaniard is having a torrid time in front of goal and after missing a host of chances in the Europa League, he missed a crucial chance once again late on against West Ham.

In his single season under him, Gonzalo Higuain hit 36 goals at Napoli, the joint-highest tally in history and one of only two people - Luca Toni being the other - to break the 30-goal mark in Serie A since the 1960s.

There is no denying how talented Hazard is and he remains a pivotal part of Chelsea's push for major honours as he has started the season well with five goals and two assists in five games.

Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea captaincy issue not a major concern