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3 positive changes at Chelsea since Maurizio Sarri took over at Stamford Bridge

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3.55K   //    18 Jan 2019, 23:42 IST

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup: Semi-Final First Leg
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup: Semi-Final First Leg

Having been highly rated following his exploits with Empoli and Napoli in the Italian Serie A, Maurizio Sarri was appointed as Chelsea manager last summer to replace his compatriot Antonio Conte who fell out with a number of players and members of the Chelsea board.

Sarri is a tactically astute coach, possessing that acumen which seems to come naturally to Italian managers and has earned praise for his managerial performances from figures as revered as Pep Guardiola and the late great Johan Cruyff.

The 60-year-old though yet to win a major managerial honour is well thought of, with his team's style of play being universally acclaimed for its aesthetic pattern and attention to detail.

Since arriving Chelsea, Sarri has understandably changed the team's dynamics, helping Chelsea to sit in 4th place on the EPL table, while also making it to the round of 32 in the Europa League as well as the semifinal of the Carabao Cup.

As with any managerial upheaval, there has been some fundamental changes (both negative and positive) since Sarri arrived Chelsea. In this piece, we would take a look at three positive changes that have taken place at Stamford Bridge since Maurizio Sarri took over.

#3 Getting the best out of Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea
Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea

The 28-year-old Belgian has long been touted as one of the best players in the world and a potential heir to the throne occupied by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, one drawback to Hazard which was always pointed at by his detractors has been his low productivity, when compared to other superstars like Alexis Sanchez, Neymar and Gareth Bale.

Having played under more pragmatic coaches all this while at Chelsea, Hazard has come into his own under Maurizio Sarri, taking advantage of the more open ended style of play adopted by the Italian to put in some of his best displays for The Blues.

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So far this season, in 21 Premier League matches, the winger has scored 10 goals (just six short of his best ever tally), while also contributing 10 assists (the first time he has ever assisted double figures in the Premier League).

Sarri has helped bring out the best of Hazard, as even when he is deployed in a false nine role, he continues to dictate play and influence matches.

Eden Hazard is undoubtedly Chelsea's most important attacking player and over the last few years, his attacking impetus has been reduced. However, since Sarri's appointment, the Belgian has begun to justify his supreme abilities which is good news for Chelsea fans, as Hazard is crucial to everything The Blues hope to achieve.




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