Since Maurizio Sarri revealed over the weekend that Eden Hazard is the best player in Europe at the moment and that he expects the Belgian to score 40 goals this season. There has been a lot of debate among football lovers over Sarri’s comments about Hazard.
Former Chelsea player Scott Minto believes Hazard can score 40 goals for Chelsea this season because of the style of play under Sarri.
Minto made 54 league appearances for Chelsea between 1994 and 1997.
Chelsea under Sarri have bossed the possession in all league games this season with Sarri also relieving Hazard of defensive duties so he can conserve energy and be fresh when Chelsea attack.
Minto told Love Sport Radio via Daily Express: “I do think he’s capable of [of scoring 40 goals]. I really do.
“I covered Spanish football for four years and I saw Ronaldo and Messi, and the way they did it.
“He’s just below them. The only thing that has kept him below is perhaps the goals.
“I’ve not met him but I’ve heard about what he’s like as a person and a trainer.
“He’s a great lad, he’s one of the boys, he works hard.
“But I don’t think he quite realises how good he can be and what exactly you need to do to get every last ounce out of yourself to be the best.
“Him trying at 50 per cent is better than the rest of us could ever be, but him trying at 100 per cent and really believing he could get up to the Ronaldo and the Messi level…
“I don’t think under Antonio Conte [a 40-goal season] would have happened because I think the style of football doesn’t really lend itself to him getting into those sorts of positions on a regular basis, but under Sarri, the way things can evolve, he will be looking for him like at Napoli where he played Dries Mertens as a false nine.
“As much as they’ve got Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata, we might see at some point this season Hazard as a false nine, which means he’s more central, but even if he’s not, he can get in those positions.
“The team, the way they play, can create those types of chances.
“Will he get to 40? If anyone gets to 40, that is an unbelievable season. Is he capable of it? Yes I do think he is.”
Truth be told, the only thing lacking in Hazard’s game compared to the likes of Ronaldo and Messi is goals and I believe the Belgian is proving this season he can score goal. Sarri’s system will definitely help Hazard score more goals and match the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.
Do you think Hazard can score 40 goals for Chelsea this season?