Eden Hazard was introduced into the fray against Huddersfield and assisted a goal as Chelsea started their Premier League campaign with a win for their new coach Maurizio Sarri
Eden Hazard was unable to start Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixture against Huddersfield Town after only returning to training last week.
Sarri admitted that Hazard will need to have a productive week of training to prove he deserves a start against Arsenal next week.
Sarri had a perfect start to his Premier League career after guiding Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Huddersfield as Kante, Jorginho and Pedro found the net.
When asked why Hazard did not start the fixture, Sarri said: ‘I think that Eden in this moment cannot play for 90 minutes.
‘He needs to improve [his fitness] and have more training. ‘I thought the best thing for him was to play 15 20 minutes when the opposition was tired.’
The manager particularly was delighted with his team’s performance
‘I am very happy because in the first part of the season for us it will not be easy to gain points. ‘The first half was hard. If you look at the result you can think of an easy game.
‘But we were in trouble for 15 minutes against a physical team… we are not a physical team. ‘The best capacity was to suffer, but then I think the second half maybe they were tired and it was more comfortable.’
Huddersfield manager David Wagner, meanwhile, said: ‘I think Chelsea were very clinical. They had four or five chances and scored three.
‘We started very well in the first half. We pressed them high and the players did very well.
‘We had a very good opportunity at 1-0 where Steve Mounie hits the post and instead of being a goal up we were a goal down. ‘And then just before half-time we made a tactical mistake to concede a penalty.’
Real Madrid are attempting to sign Hazard for 200m