Has Sterling overtaken Hazard as the best attacker in the Premier League? sds


Eden Hazard spelled it out in an interview with Play Sports, a Belgian broadcaster, this week when previewing the upcoming Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Go back a few weeks and this would have been a top of the table showdown. Along with Liverpool and City, Chelsea enjoyed 12-game unbeaten starts to the season. While Jurgen Klopp’s team have managed to keep pace with City – with both still without an entry in the loss column – Chelsea have wavered badly in the past few weeks. Sarri-ball is malfunctioning. The Blues have all but dropped out of the title race and are now 10 points behind City who continue to set a relentless pace. They have failed to win three of their last four matches – with two defeats – and the criticism has begun to fall on Italian manager Maurizio Sarri’s head. Hazard might well have started the season in world class form – supplying incredible goals and assists – but that form has unquestionably tailed off. Chelsea fans on social media attempted to put their finger on the problem this week and concluded that if Hazard doesn’t play well then Chelsea don’t play well. And without playing well, Chelsea are finding it increasingly difficult to win games. In the Play Sports interview, Hazard was asked the main differences between Chelsea and this weekend’s opponents coached by Pep Guardiola. “Chelsea have plenty of possession, but we often have to rely on individual actions to score goals,” he said. The Wolves game ended with the London side boasting 70 per cent of the ball but little to show for it. “City are all about team play. You can see a lot of movement from them that creates spaces. “They get their crosses in and they create more chances, score more goals and have more answers. “The only thing they don’t have is Eden Hazard! That is the difference.” In the early part of the season, that kind of individual action as Hazard puts it was coming easily. Now that it’s dried up, Chelsea are suffering. It says plenty about the respective