Antonio Rudiger aims dig at three Chelsea teammates

Antonio Rudiger fears Chelsea are becoming overly reliant on Eden Hazard’s sensational goalscoring form.

The Belgium international has been rejuvenated since Maurizio Sarri’s appointment and has scored eight times in nine appearances for club and country this season.

Hazard was on target again in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, but the 27-year-old’s ruthlessness in front of goal has been offset by growing concerns over the performances of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.

The former Arsenal striker has been championed by Hazard as the perfect foil, but he has yet to score this season, while Morata hasn’t found the back of the net since the second game of the campaign.

Rudiger said:

‘We need to learn to kill matches. It’s not only on Eden’s shoulders. We need the other players to help him with scoring.

‘He has been doing his job very well again, but the other guys must score too – Giroud, Morata, Willian have to score. As a team all of us have to provide more goals, the defenders as well.

‘At the end of the day the best scorers are Hazard and Pedro, but with the quality of players we have on the pitch, it’s (the lack of goals from elsewhere) not too good.’

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