Maurizio Sarri’s criticism brings the best out of Eden Hazard…or does it?

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Maurizio Sarri has publicly criticized Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard stating that he does not have any Leadership qualities.


Constructive criticism from Maurizio Sarri seems to have ignited something in Eden Hazard as the Belgian seems to be back at his best. Sarri questioned Hazard’s qualities as a leader on the pitch and called him a player with more individualistic qualities on the pitch. Hazard’s response was first with his feet on the pitch as he put in one of his better performances this Season.

Hazard scored a scintillating Goal and spoke in the post-match interview about his Manager’s comments, 

“To be fair I don’t care – I just play my football and it doesn’t matter what the manager says, I’m always focused on this team and I just want to do my best for this team.” 

If Hazard plays this kind of Football week in week out they wouldn’t mind Sarri criticizing Hazard more often. 

It’s hard to believe that till almost a decade ago Sarri was a Banker with no connection to professional Football whatsoever and now not only is he a masterful tactician but is also a very good manager of his players. Here’s what Sarri had to say about the Situation.

“I prefer him when he speaks with his feet. The potential is higher than the performances, I think. Hazard was very good, especially for 60-65 minutes – wonderful,”   

Sarri would be especially proud of the way his players reacted on the pitch and came together as a team especially considering he had lashed out at all of them after the Arsenal game. He questioned their mentality and stated that the team will not be known for their battling and fighting qualities, the players would be keen to put in another good performance against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup.

Some media outlets have started linking Eden Hazard to Real Madrid once again and given that Hazard will have just one year left on his Chelsea contract at the end of the Season, the criticism may just backfire. There is a very fine line that Sarri is treading with this kind of criticism, if it goes well he could get a response out of his team and really inspire them but if he overdoes it he could, for lack of a better word, Jose Mourinho the Situation. To go with all these complications Hazard has still no clear stance on his contract situations with just ambiguity surrounding the whole situation. Chelsea will need clarity on the Situation and maybe be a little more careful in the Future. 

Chelsea’s desperate need of a Solid Striker

Chelsea's desperate need of a Solid Striker

Maurizio Sarri‘s Chelsea has struggled without a consistent Goal scoring Striker, and this problem has led to their recent poor performances.


Chelsea started life under Maurizio Sarri with a string of positive results, the defence was absolutely solid, The midfield was performing very well, and the Forward line was scoring goals, yes yes even shockingly Alvaro Morata was scoring and Olivier Giroud was setting his fellow forwards up. Chelsea was so successful that at one point they were the only unbeaten team in Europe and life at Stamford Bridge was good. But now, the blues are struggling, especially in the final third where Eden Hazard has been their main goal threat, playing as a False nine which isn’t even his best position.

Alvaro Morata has been shambolic, to say the least since his 70 Million pounds move from Real Madrid 18 months ago. It’s safe to say now that Real Madrid got the better deal and though Morata may truly be a very skilful striker who is still young and has bags of potential, it’s time we accept that he isn’t the right fit for Chelsea. His proposed move to Atletico Madrid is the best decision for the player and the Club. 

Now that we’ve spoken about Morata it’s important to speak about Olivier Giroud as well, let me start off by saying that I personally feel that Giroud should start every game for Chelsea at least till their striker problem is resolved. Yes, Giroud isn’t the traditional striker but as a target man he provides so much to the wingers and was Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe’s facilitator at the World Cup. Yes, Giroud won’t have as much of an impact with the likes of Pedro and Willian on the wing and though he would be very beneficial for Eden Hazard it does put a whole lot of pressure on him. All said and done, Giroud would still create a huge amount of chances for the wingers and would definitely be a potent option up front. Giroud is approaching the twilight of his career and Chelsea will need to still look for someone who is an out and out goalscorer. 

Here’s the biggest reason why Chelsea need a striker, their best player has been played out of position and is being wasted. It’s funny how that can be said about N’Golo Kante as well but I’m talking about Eden Hazard here, Hazard is a Winger who’s the best position is on the left, his fundamental strength is his ability to dribble into the box and swiftly cut in to dissect the defence. Being a false nine he will be playing with his back against the defence which nullifies any opportunity for him to exploit his strengths. The sooner Sarri realises this the better it will be for Chelsea. Hazard needs to be played on the Wing and a new striker needs to be brought in, now whether that’s Higuain or not it doesn’t matter all that needs to happen is Chelsea need a Goal scorer and need Hazard on the Wing. Simple. It Isn’t rocket science, Maurizio! 

Fantasy Premier League: Our Top 10 Picks for Gameweek 22

Fantasy Premier League: Our Top 10 Picks for Gameweek 22

Following a week of intense FA Cup and Carabao Cup action the attention, once again, turns to the Premier League, instigating Fantasy Football managers to put the busy festive season behind and start afresh.


The Premier League Gameweek 22 starts with Arsenal’s trip to West Ham at 6:00 PM (12:30 GMT) on Saturday, with the final match of the week, which sees Manchester City take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, set to be played on Tuesday at 1:30 AM.

 

To help you get the best out of this weekend, here are our ten players to consider for Gameweek 22.

Lucas Digne – Defender – £5.2m – Everton

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Yes, the player hasn’t been in the best of forms over the last couple of weeks, but the Frenchman is more than capable of turning this around against Bournemouth, this weekend. The Cherries have only scored twice in their last 4 away trips, making Digne’s selection easier than anticipated.

David Luiz – Defender – £5.9m – Chelsea

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The Brazilian defender doesn’t always look the most reliable of options, but he has provided steady returns so far this campaign. In 20 Premier League matches, the former Paris Saint-Germain star has helped the Blues keep 10 clean-sheets, and we believe there’s a strong possibility of another shutout against Newcastle United, this weekend.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Defender – £4.5m – Crystal Palace

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Before the 2018/19 season, very few people even knew the name of this determined Crystal Palace defender. But thanks to his stellar and dependable performances, he has emerged as a Fantasy Premier League favorite. Palace have only conceded 1 goal across their last 4 home matches, and we expect them to produce another disciplined display against Watford on Saturday.

Victor Camarasa – Midfielder – £4.6m – Cardiff City

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If you are intending on saving a few precious bucks and adding a solid midfield solution to your squad, look no further than this handy little Cardiff City midfielder. Having already secured 64 points, Camarasa is one of our favorite sub-5-million transfers.

Paul Pogba – Midfielder – £8.4m – Manchester United 

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Since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal, the Manchester United superstar really has upped his game. He’s been a revelation under interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, and we expect the rejuvenation to continue against Tottenham this weekend. He’s a bit pricey, sure, but he’s also probably the most in-form midfielder you can currently buy.

Richarlison – Midfielder – £6.9m – Everton

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Another Evertonian on the list and deservedly so. The Brazilian is being considered as one of the breakthrough performers of the season, and we simply cannot disagree. The midfielder has taken the most number of shots from inside the area in the last 4 Gameweeks, with his total of 10 strikes beating Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah tally of 9.

Mohamed Salah – Midfielder – £13.3m – Liverpool

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Liverpool’s record-shattering Egyptian wasn’t at his best in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, last week, but we expect him to restore normalcy at Brighton on Saturday. He’s the most expensive midfielder in the Fantasy Premier League, but his return of 151 points in 21 matches show just how great of a purchase he can be.

Eden Hazard – Midfielder – £11.1m – Chelsea

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Like his Liverpool counterpart, Eden Hazard, too, hasn’t had the best of weeks. He was rendered ineffective in Chelsea 1-0 EFL Cup semi-final defeat at Tottenham and will look to bounce back with a convincing display against Newcastle. Newcastle have conceded 17 goals in 7 fixtures against the Premier League top-six, this season, and we don’t see their tally improving this Saturday.

Also Read: 5 lesser known facts about Hazard

Harry Kane – Forward – £12.6m – Tottenham

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Having scored 14 goals in 21 Premier League games, the England international has once again emerged as one of the frontrunners for the famed Golden Boot trophy. He has also scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances and would fancy making it five in five when Manchester United come to town on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford – Forward – £7.3m – Manchester United

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Paul Pogba isn’t the only Manchester United player who has been greatly benefitted by Solskjaer’s appointment. The young England international has been in breathtaking form under the Norwegian and has kept the most number of efforts (15) on target over the last 6 Gameweeks.

‘Hazardous Situation’: Chelsea’s over dependence on Eden Hazard could get Toxic

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Eden Hazard has been involved in 19 Goals directly, scoring 10 and assisting 9 while Chelsea has scored a total of 37. The Belgian is directly responsible for 51.3% of the Club’s Goals. 


It’s safe to say at this point in time, Eden Hazard is carrying Chelsea on his shoulders. The day Hazard doesn’t perform Chelsea loses.

 

What makes Chelsea’s dependence on Hazard even scarier is the fact that the Belgian is yet to decide his Future and will have just a year left oh his current deal come June 2019. If the Belgium Captain decides to leave the Blues in the Summer, Chelsea could lose him for a meager fee and don’t have the funds to acquire a replacement of the same caliber. The Blues’ problems don’t end there, Maurizio Sarri has a serious Striker problem with Alvaro Morata not performing and Olivier Giroud not scoring Goals on a consistent basis. To go with the striker incompetency, Chelsea winger Willian is turning into Social Media’s new troll after a string of selfish displays and the lack of a final pass, while Pedro seems to spend more time injured than on the pitch. All these problems with Chelsea’s Goalscorers have left Eden Hazard isolated as the Blues’ primary goal source and in many instances the Club’s primary creative source as well.

Chelsea looked like serious title contenders at the start of the Season with Sarriball taking over Stamford Bridge and the team playing with a certain swagger and Charisma from both ends. New Signing Jorginho was dictating the play and everyone, including even Alvaro Morata, was looking impressive. But the past few weeks have been grim for the West London Club with losses to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, and Leicester City dampening not only Title hopes but also the hopes of finishing in the Top 4. Eden Hazard is the only light at the end of this dark tunnel which makes it imperative for Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board to do everything in their power to keep the Belgian.

Maurizio Sarri’s side will go into utter ruin without Hazard and keeping the Belgian will allow Sarri to attract talented players who want to play attacking Football alongside the extremely talented Belgian. Overdependency on a player is never good but if playing alongside Hazard can improve players and attract some World Class talent to the Club then there isn’t too much of a harm. Chelsea needs to act fast and do everything in their power to keep the Belgian or things can go from bad to worse.

 

Eden Hazard: 5 Lesser Known Facts about one of Chelsea’s best

5 Lesser Known Facts about Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard has been Chelsea’s Talisman for a while now and the Belgian is arguably the Best Player in the Premier League.


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“When I was small, I was the same as everyone else. I used to play in a small council estate nearby. But it’s really my family who taught me. I started watching my dad play from the age of two. I wanted to be like him.” 

So how much do we know about Chelsea No. 10? Let’s find out! 

 

1. Made His International debut at the age of 17!

Eden Hazard arrived at Lile at the age of 14 and made his senior team debut at the age of 16. Like most World Class players the Present Belgian Captain didn’t take long to break onto the International scene and made his Debut with Belgium National team at the age of 17. Fun Fact- Ronaldo and Messi were actually a year older than Eden hazard when they debuted for their respective Countries. 

 

2. Hazard was convinced to join Chelsea by a former Blue

While at Lile, Hazard played alongside Joe Cole who was on Loan from Liverpool for the 2011/12 Season which Proved to be Hazard’s last. The Former Blue who very recently announced his retirement played a big role in Hazard’s move to Chelsea. Hazard recently revealed He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season. For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!”

 

3. Only player to personally announce his move on Twitter

Eden Hazard Transfer from Lile to Chelsea was one with a lot of Drama. With Clubs Like Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona reported to have bid for him Hazard picked Chelsea and believe it or not he announced his move personally on Twitter. No official Club handle, No Fancy video or even a picture. Just a simple statement “I’m signing for the champion’s league winner.” simple as that. In retrospect, turned out to be one of the most important tweets for Chelsea.

 

4. The Hazard’s have some Football Pedigree

It’s a pretty well-known fact that Eden Hazard and Borussia Moenchengladbach Forward Thorgan Hazard are brothers. But did you know that Their other two Brothers Ethan and Kylian Hazard are Footballers too, While Kylian is at Cercle Brugge, on loan from Chelsea, It is said that the Blues are targetting 15-Year-old Ethan Hazard as well who is currently at AFC Tubiz?. No points for guessing what his parents did for a living!

 

5. First Foreign player to win Ligue 1 Player of the Year.

Hazard has won a host of Individual and team honors with Chelsea and the Belgian National team. But before all this, he first found success at Lile and went on to become the first Foreign player to win Ligue 1 Player of the Year. Furthermore, Lile went on to even win an unexpected League title with Hazard as the Protagonist.

Contract Negotiations begin amidst Eden Hazard Real Madrid Links

Contract Negotiations begin amidst Eden Hazard Real Madrid Links

Eden Hazard to Real Madrid?


Eden Hazard is undoubtedly in the form of his life and the majority Premier League loyal believe that he is the Best Player in the League. The Belgian has just under two years left on his current Chelsea contract and has been continuously linked to a move to Real Madrid. Hazard has been prolific for the Blues scoring 8 and assisting 4 in 10 appearances across all competitions and has been at the top of his game. So it came as no surprise when Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid came knocking for the 27-Year-Old Belgian, especially considering The Los Blancos have been abysmal in recent games.

According to Club Chairman, Bruce Buck Chelsea are ready to offer their star player a fresh £300,000 a week contract in order to “Entice him to stay”, Buck Said “Every Chelsea fan in London and around the world loves Eden Hazard, and he’s not only a great footballer but I think he’s a wonderful lad. We want him to stay and we will do what we have to do to entice him to stay.” 

Hazard has made it pretty clear that he will not push for a move out of his immense love and respect for the Club and its fans. He has time and again specified that he not only wants what’s best for him but also wants what’s best for Chelsea, stating that the Club has given him “everything”.

British Newspaper Daily Mail has reported that Chelsea hope to see Eden Hazard put pen to paper before Christmas and initial talks suggest that the Contract could be worth around  £300,000 a week which could mean the Belgian could surpass the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to become the Highest Paid player in the League.

Hazard has been extremely open about his thoughts and the chances of a move. “I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision.” He clearly seems torn between Madrid and London and his future remains a big question mark for Fans and Journalists alike.

Hazard has already made it clear that he won’t push for a move away and has even ruled out a move in the Winter Transfer Window. Chelsea Fans will be relieved and touched with Hazard’s professionalism and love for the Club especially after Compatriot Thibaut Courtois forced an “Ugly” move to Madrid almost burning all bridges with Chelsea.

Nothing is clear as of now but one thing can be said for sure, even if Eden Hazard leaves Chelsea, he will do so in a respectful and amicable manner. He will be clear about his intentions and in my opinion, the fact that he is so considerate makes him not only a great player but also a great human being and 20 years down the line when people talk about him that may be the only thing that matters.

Chelsea VS Manchester United, Match Prediction | Premier League

Chelsea VS Manchester United, Match Prediction | Premier League

Premier League: Chelsea VS Manchester United | Stamford Bridge | 5 PM IST


The Premier League is back in action after the International Break as free-flowing Chelsea host a still-turbulent Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea have been in top form, and the Blues have looked spectacular under their new Coach, while Manchester United despite coming from behind against Newcastle in a tremendous 3 – 2 win at Home, is still not a convincing team, let alone Title Contenders.

Jose Mourinho will be returning to Stamford Bridge where he has won so much with Chelsea, but on the other hand, he’s yet to get a result at the Bridge with Manchester United. It promises to be an exciting encounter with Chelsea looking to keep their momentum going while United will be hoping to get something out of this game.

Team News: Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger has been influential for the Blues at the back, and the German International may not feature against Manchester United after he pulled his groin during the dying minutes of the 3 – 0 win against Southampton. Ethan Ampadu is also sidelined with a knee injury. Up Front Sarri will have to choose between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. The Italian Manager has more often than not gone with Giroud as his first choice but considering Morata has scored two goals in his last two appearances may just tip the balance in the Spaniard’s favour.

Predicted XI: Kepa, Alonso, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Barkley, Kante, Hazard, Morata, Pedro

Team News: Manchester United

United are still waiting on the fitness of multiple players. Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, and Scott McTominay are all doubts for the Chelsea game. Marouane Fellaini is most likely ruled out with an apparent Hamstring injury. Diogo Dalot is also a doubt while Marcos Rojo remains a long-term absentee for the Red Devils. Alexis Sanchez has made a case to return to the starting line-up after scoring the last minute winner, bringing back memories of Fergie time. 

Predicted XI: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Pogba, Fred, Herrera, Sanchez, Lukaku, Martial

Key Players for Chelsea: Eden Hazard

The Belgian has been instrumental for Chelsea and is top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with 7 goals in 8 games. United will have to try to shut the Belgian down or else he may just single-handedly take the game away from them.

Key Players for Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku

Another Belgian makes the Key Player list! Lukaku may be dropping hints of a move to Juventus, but the Belgian is still a United player and is a pretty damn efficient striker. He will be looking to score against former club Chelsea and try to cause an upset.

Eden Hazard: The Best Player in the Premier League

Eden Hazard: The Best Player in the Premier League

Nutmegs Firmino passes to Azpilicueta, who gives it back to Hazard, he cuts in Nutmegs Moreno and smashes a shot across the face of the Goal to comfortably beat Compatriot Simon Mignolet. Just like that, Chelsea went from being 1-0 down to 2-1 up in a span of seven Minutes and Eden Hazard created the first and Scored the second, such is the impact of the Belgian. So Much so that in the recent years, he has been often considered to be the Best player in the Premier League.

Hazard made the FIFA FIFPro World XI, finished Second in the race for the Golden Ball at the World Cup in Russia and has already scored six Goals in Seven appearances this Season. Hazard has always been renowned as one of the most talented players in the Premier League, but there is something about the Belgian this Season that’s making several heads turn. So let’s try to break it down, shall we? 

Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.

Hazard is an adaptable player when you play for Chelsea it’s an occupational ‘hazard’ to be adaptable, pun intended. Hazard’s played under Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Gus Hiddink, Antonio Conte and now under Maurizio Sarri. Though Hazard was successful under all his former Managers, Maurizio Sarri’s style of play seems to suit him the most.

Sarri’s Style of play or Sarriball is possession based Football at it’s attacking best, with Slick movements, pinpoint ground passing and Clinical finishing in the Final Third. That philosophy basically summarises what Eden Hazard does Week in and Week out.

A Good World Cup

Eden Hazard Led Belgium from the Front at the World Cup in Russia, with the Belgian Red Devils finishing at third place, which is their Best Performance at the World Stage. The fans of the Premier League knew exactly what this man was capable of, but the World took notice when Hazard pulled the strings for Belgium. The 27-Year-old proved that he’s truly a World Beater and he’s carried that confidence into the Premier League as well. From what his teammates and Coaches have said before it’s pretty conclusive that Hazard is immensely talented but is a laid-back character, Captaining his Nation has certainly made him a lot more Mature and responsible.

Misfiring Strikers

Alvaro Morata has misfired for Chelsea so far scoring only one Goal this Season, looking abysmal and lost on the pitch. Yes, it isn’t ideal that your first choice striker is incompetent in front of Goal while Olivier Giroud is a Striker that helps the Wingers create opportunities rather than going for Goal himself. This situation has presented as a perfect opportunity for Eden Hazard as he’s now Chelsea’s main Goal threat, a pressure situation that he seems to thrive in. If Hazard can continue scoring the way he is right now, Chelsea may not even need a through and through Striker.

Liverpool vs Chelsea – Combined eleven |Premier League

Liverpool vs Chelsea - Combined eleven |Premier League

Liverpool travel to Stanford Bridge on Saturday with revenge on their minds as they face Chelsea for the second time in four days. A late Hazard goal meant Chelsea came back from behind to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup and the men in Red will be rearing to go and get one back on the Blues. The game promises to be nothing short of exciting. Let’s take a look at the combined eleven of the two teams.

Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker

Alisson has not had much to do for Liverpool but has turned up when he was needed to. He has looked really solid for the Reds and very confident on the ball with top class distribution. Kepa is not far away, but Alisson’s experience of playing big games and his distribution puts him ahead in the pecking order. 

Centre Back – Virgil Van Dijk

The Netherland’s captain has undoubtedly been one of the best center-backs in the Premier League and has been a leader for Liverpool on the pitch. He picks himself in any team in the Premier League and most often than not, in the World. 

Centre Back – Azpilicueta 

He has been playing on the right flank of the Chelsea defense so far but is too good a player to be left out of this squad. He is ever dependable and consistent and has played center back on numerous occasions for the Blues. 

Right Back – Marcus Alonso

Alonso has been one of the best wing backs for two seasons in the Premier League and is involved in almost every goal that Chelsea have scored so far. He looks really strong going forward but not as much but he has certainly worked on his defense this season and it is showing. He plays on the right to make space for Andy Robertson on the Left. 

Left Back – Andy Robertson

Andy has been a revelation for Liverpool since he first started for the Reds. He has been phenomenal and has the right mix of attack and defence which is rare nowadays. He plays a vital role in the attack and in the defence and this makes him one of the most important players on this Liverpool team. 

Left Mid – Jorginho

Jorginho has been the main man in the middle as everyone expected when Sarri took over the blues. He has the most number of passes in the league so far and has had a telling impact on the former Champions. Last premier league game he recorded the most number of passes in a single game ever and as things stand, it looks like he will be the man pulling the strings in any combined eleven in the league. 

Right Mid – Kante

Kante has not been as affective as his usual best in the forward midfield role this season, but he yet has had a major impact on the team and will continue to do so for any team he plays. He is arguably one of the best defensive midfielders in the Word and having him in the team is like an insurance policy to the defenders. 

Central Attacking Mid – Eden Hazard

Hazard has been in inspirational for this season and his goal against Liverpool in the League Cup is a testament to that. He has been the best player in the league so far and coming Saturday, he will look to take this Chelsea team across the line against a strong Liverpool side in their toughest challenge in the Premier League as yet. 

Left Wing – Sadio Mane 

Mane has been in terrific touch this season and has delivered when it matters the most for the Reds. He has netted goals and created assists and chances and left defenders dead with his pace and trickery. He is slowly developing into a very classy player and coming Saturday, he will have another chance to show what he’s got. 

Right Wing – Mo Salah

Salah has not looked as good as he did towards the back end of last season but the number of goals he has scored is similar to those of last season. Even when not at his best, the Egyptian King has a major impact for the Reds down the Right wing and will play a major role on Saturday. 

Centre Forward – Roberto Firmino

Firmino has been the main man for Liverpool for some time now and he only seems to be getting better by the day. He tracks back to defend and starts the attacks for the Reds and is the perfect example of a false number nine. He makes the much talked about front three tick and is the link that binds Salah and Mane along with himself to provide the attacking potent they do. 

Chelsea – Why Giroud is the perfect striker for Hazard

Chelsea - Why Giroud is the perfect striker for Hazard

Eden Hazard looks like he is in the form of his life, but the contributions of his teammate, Olivier Giroud cannot be overlooked. Eden Hazard is a player who loves to play with a target man, and Morata didn’t really provide Hazard with what he really craves for. Giroud didn’t score a goal against Cardiff, just like he didn’t score a goal for the French at the World cup, but like he played a huge rule for France in winning the World cup, he would also play a major role in Chelsea’s success this season. He provided two assists for Hazard against Cardiff, one with a delightful flick that set up the Belgian and the second one more impressive, holding off his marker and deviating the ball into the path of Hazard

There was a huge speculation about his future but there was also a sense of excitement about his game under Sarri. The Italian plays a more attacking game, unlike Conte or Jose, thus giving Hazard the freedom with which he flourishes and in a way, emulate what Mertens accomplished at Napoli under Sarri. But the early signs are much more promising than what the fans hoped for. Although the teams have been mediocre, Hazard has more touches of the ball both inside and outside the box, and more shots on goal thus resulting in more goals. But what can be seen is that his creativity hasn’t improved much and this hints at a change of role that is facilitated more by Giroud and not Morata

In one sense, the comparison is unfair on Morata because only a  few forwards can compete with Giroud when it comes to this aspect of the game. He has created more chances per 90 minutes than any other genuine striker in the Premier League over the past two seasons. It is no coincidence that he also averages more touches in the box per 90 minutes than any other Premier League player in that time period. As Hazard pointed out, when Giroud gets the ball, his team-mates “can go with him” in the knowledge that he will hold it up.

This point is exemplified by the statistics of the average position of Hazard, it shows that in the game against Cardiff, he is always ahead of Giroud who was the central striker while in the case of Morata who started against Newcastle, the data is concentrated behind Morata. The relationship is different and that’s what shows in the games.