Chelsea news: Pedro makes Eden Hazard claim and reveals honest thoughts on Alvaro Morata

CHELSEA winger Pedro says Eden Hazard is the Blues’ ‘most important player’ and has hailed fellow Spaniard Alvaro Morata after he rediscovered his goalscoring touch.

Hazard returned from injury as a substitute in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Belgian made an instant impact with an assist immediately after coming on.

And Pedro was happy to see him back in a Chelsea shirt.

“He’s the most important player here. He’s a star for us,” he told Chelsea TV.

“Eden is playing very good. It’s very good news for us that he’s in very good form.”

Morata hit a brace in the victory at Stamford Bridge and now has four strikes in his last four Premier League games.

That is as many as he managed in all of his previous 23 appearances in the top flight.

And Pedro was full of praise for his international team-mate.

“He has the mentality to score goals and help the team, that’s the best way for him,” he added.

“We are happy because he’s a very good striker.

“He runs a lot and scores goals, now he’s in a very good moment so this is the way for him.

“Scoring goals is very important for him and the team.”

Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten side once again showcased the strength in depth he has in midfield.

Sarri opted to start with Ross Barkley alongside ever-present N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in a midfield three.

Mateo Kovacic came off the bench and has also shone when called upon since his loan move from Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, veteran Cesc Fabregas and youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek have had to be content with mainly substitute appearances this season.

But Pedro thinks competition for places can only be a good thing.

“It’s very difficult for Maurizio to choose the right decision but that’s good for the team, it makes us strong on the pitch,” he said.

“Also it’s good to have options. Ruben is in very good form, also Cesc, Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley, so it’s very good for the team.”

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