CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri believes Eden Hazard has room to improve, despite hitting a hat-trick in the 4-1 win against Cardiff.
The Belgian superstar was the hero at Stamford Bridge as the Blues were forced to come from behind to continue their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.
Sol Bamba fired Cardiff ahead in the 16th minute before Chelsea’s main man scored twice before the break.
Hazard grabbed the match ball when he netted from the penalty spot in the 80th minute and Willian added some gloss to the scoreline with a wicked effort moments later.
Sarri believes Hazard is the best player in Europe but he believes the 27-year-old could score more if he conserved his energy.
“I think Hazard can improve more”
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri
“I thought he was one of the best players in Europe, but now I change my mind that he is the best,” Sarri said.
“I think Hazard can improve more. I think that he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres to the oppositions goal.”
When asked where Hazard is wasting his spark, Sarri replied: “No (not defending), when we have the ball in our half and he touches the ball five or six times, it shows he spends a lot of energies, and can have more energy in the last 25 metres.
“He can score 30 or 35 goals.”
Hazard was sparingly used by Sarri before the international break after his extended holiday following Belgium’s run at the World Cup.
After building up his fitness in the Red Devils’ wins against Scotland and Iceland, Hazard appeared to be in tip-top condition against Cardiff.
When challenged on his goal target, Sarri said: “I think he can do it, he can do it.
“I told him in the last two days because Eden only arrived two days ago after the international teams I prefer to give the players one day off.
“I have spoke to him in the last two days, I told him for me he can score 40 goals.
“But spend less energy away from the goal and play in the last 25 metres.”