Hazard hat-trick sees off Cardiff to send Chelsea top

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Eden Hazard believes he is capable of meeting Maurizio Sarri's ambitious target after he scored a hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-1 demolition of Cardiff on Saturday.

Sarri's mood after the convincing victory was further improved with the news Mateo Kovacic's muscle problem, which forced him off early in the second half, had been deemed not to be serious. It's very hard to close a gap of 30 points at the beginning of the season. Because, as I said before, I want to give space to the young players.

"Maybe", Sarri revealed when asked if Hazard is the best in England. Despite not having a shot on target throughout the entire tournament, he was a key player for the tournament winners, as he allowed Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé to be more effective in attack. I have spoken to him in the last two days, and yesterday, I told him for me he can score 40 goals.

More history could have be made on Saturday as Watford also began the season perfectly, with four wins in four.

'When we have the ball in our half and he touches the ball five times or six times, so his actions it shows he spends a lot of energies, and can have more energy in the last 25 metres.

And that resilience could yet yield an unlikely title challenge after finishing 30 points adrift of Manchester City last season.

Chelsea now sit joint top of the table with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool who ran out 2-1 winners over Spurs at Wembley in today's early kick off.

The Blues will be looking to be one of the main contenders for the Premier League title this season as they look to try and enjoy a strong campaign under new boss Sarri.

"We need to improve, and we can improve".

However, they had no answer to Hazard's trickery as he dummied a ball into the path of Olivier Giroud and then fired the Frenchman's return pass low into the far corner.

Chelsea were stunned when an unmarked Sol Bamba flicked home to put Cardiff ahead in the 16th minute, but Hazard replied twice before halftime as the home side upped the tempo.

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