CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri admits he used to think Eden Hazard was one of the best players in Europe.
But after his stunning display against Cardiff, he now thinks he is top of the list when it comes to analysing the world’s best.
The Belgian winger, who missed out on a place on Fifa’s The Best awards, bagged a hat-trick as Chelsea ran out 4-1 winners over Cardiff.
Hazard’s trio of goals and Willian’s effort earned the points for Chelsea after Sol Bamba’s opener for Cardiff.
The Blues continued their 100 per cent winning start to the season at the top of the league.
Head coach Sarri explained that, whilst the forward has been putting in sensational performances, he can still improve.
That doesn’t deduct from the fact he is the best player in Europe, according to Sarri.
“I thought he was one of the best players in Europe, but now I change my mind that he is the best,” he explained.
“I think Hazard can improve more.
“I think that he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres to the oppositions goal.”
Sarri also gave Hazard an ambitious target for the season.
“He can score 30 or 35 goals,” he added.
“When we have the ball in our half and he touches the ball five or six times, it shows he spends a lot of energies, and can have more energy in the last 25 metres.
“I think he can do it, he can do it.
“I told him in the last two days because Eden only arrived two days ago after the international teams I prefer to give the players one day off.
“I have spoke to him in the last two days, I told him for me he can score 40 goals, but spend less energy away from the goal and play in the last 25 metres.”