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Conference Call: Even better to come

After watching his side beat Cardiff 4-1 to go top of the Premier League table, Maurizio Sarri said his target is for us to become the best team in England.

The Blues made it five wins out of five after coming from behind to beat Neil Warnock’s side, with Eden Hazard scoring a hat-trick and Willian putting the seal on the victory with a magnificent strike.

Having said in yesterday’s pre-match press conference that he felt winning the title might be a step too far this season, Sarri was asked if those comments might have been slightly premature.

‘No, I cannot change my mind for one match,’ he responded. ‘I think at this moment Liverpool and Man City are another step ahead of us but I think we can improve. My target is to be the best team in England but not in one month, maybe one season, maybe a little more, but that is our target. At the moment, in my opinion, Liverpool and Man city are better than us.

‘At this moment we are very dangerous in the offensive phase but not as solid as I want in the defensive phase. Today we knew Cardiff were very dangerous from set-pieces and we were not ready to answer, but we need to improve and we can improve very quickly.’

Sarri was also asked if he feels that in Hazard we have the league’s best player

‘Maybe. I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe but now I’m changing my mind, maybe he’s the best now. I also think Hazard can improve more.

The Italian explained how he believes Hazard can become even better.

‘When we have the ball in our half and touch it five or six times, with these actions he spends a lot of energy when he can have more energy in the last 20 or 25 metres. I think Hazard could score 30 or 35 goals.

‘I think he can do it. Eden only arrived two days ago because after the national teams I prefer to give the players one day off. Yesterday I said to him that for me he can score 40 goals, but he has to spend less energy far from the opposition goal and play in the last 25 metres.’

Sarri also revealed the injury which brought Mateo Kovacic’s afternoon to a premature conclusion was ‘nothing serious’ and praised his team.

‘I’m very happy because I thought the beginning for me would be very difficult. I’m lucky because I have a good team, good players, not only one. I’m very happy with my team, I’m happy to be here in the Premier League.’

 

- The Italian spoke to Chelsea TV after the game and you can see what he had to say in the video below.

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