Eden Hazard can score 40 goals this season and win the Premier League Golden Boot, according to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after the Belgium forward scored a hat-trick to maintain the club’s perfect start to the season.
Sarri believes Hazard can become the best player in Europe and outstrip even arch poachers Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah following his three goals in a 4-1 victory against Cardiff on Saturday.
“We have spoken and I told him he can score 40 goals,” said the former Napoli manager. “He has to improve some things, but he can do it.”
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.
Giroud is yet to find the net for Chelsea this season but already has three assists in five Premier League games while Hazard has found the net five times.
Despite Chelsea’s fluency in attack, Sarri is aware the Stamford Bridge team must improve their defending.
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The Italian boss wants to turn Chelsea into the best team in England but says Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City will be the league’s pacesetters.
“We have to improve step by step. My target is to become the best team in England in one year, 18 months. That’s the target.”