EDEN HAZARD has warned Chelsea’s Premier League rivals that Maurizio Sarri has already took them to a new level.
The Belgian was in top form for Chelsea against Bournemouth as they continued their perfect start under their new boss.
Sarri has already implemented a huge tactical change at Stamford Bridge after throwing out Antonio Conte’s three-at-the-back system.
The former Napoli manager favour a more traditional back four, with three central midfielders and three forwards.
Under Conte, Chelsea were a classic counter-attacking side but under Sarri the game is about possession.
And so far they have dominated the ball, with their possession percentage at 63 per cent against Huddersfield, 62 against Arsenal, 81 against Newcastle and now 73 per cent against Bournemouth.
But star man Hazard believes it is only the beginning for the Blues.
“We just need to play quicker move forward quicker, the manager doesn’t like it when we just keep the ball at the back,” the Belgian said after scoring in a tough 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
“He wants the ball moving forward so we are trying to do this in training and also when we have a game.
“I think the big change this season is we just try to keep the ball more often that’s why we have more of the ball and create more chances and are scoring goals but it is only four games with the new manager so we will see at the end of the season.
“We can improve of course. Today we didn’t concede a goal – that is a good point. We scored two but we should score maybe more, like always I want to say.
“But I think also we can move the ball quicker in the first half especially we were a bit slower so we can improve.
“But we have the confidence to play now with the international break we can rest a bit for some of the players and then we will be back because we have a lot of hard games when we come back.”
Hazard has revealed what Chelsea’s weapon could prove to be this season – patience.
“Like I said we like to keep the ball now, and then at the end of the game maybe the opponent is tired and maybe that is why we are scoring at the end of the game.
“We did it against Newcastle, today, Arsenal as well so we just need to be patient.
“When we have the ball we create chances and then at the end if we can score we have to score goals.”