Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has praised the freedom the players feel under Maurizio Sarri and the way they fought back against Cardiff. Cardiff took a shock lead through defender Sol Bamba’s tidy finish, as the visitors pulled off a smart training-ground move.
Hazard praised Chelsea for refusing to panic however, with the Blues hitting back quickly to carry a 2-1 lead into half-time before they cruised into top gear in the second half and moved top of the Premier League on goal difference.
‘We just keep the ball. We are patient, so we don’t go too fast too early,” Hazard told Chelsea’s official website.
“After 20 minutes the score was 1-0 for Cardiff, but we just kept playing our football and then, when we have the chance, we need to score, and that’s what we did.
“The manager just wants Chelsea to keep the ball, and then when we can find a solution, we need to find good passes between the lines, like Jorginho, (Mateo) Kovacic and (Cesc) Fabregas can do.
“So, we have a lot of good players, and at the moment we are in confidence, so we shoot, we score. We need to keep this momentum.
“We have a lot of freedom on the pitch, not just the three in front but all over the pitch, so when we are in this condition we just need to take the ball and try something, and at the moment something happens, so that is very good.
“When I’m on the pitch I’m just trying to create chances, score goals. A hat-trick comes with confidence, so I will try to do more of this.”