Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has claimed that Maurizio Sarri has used Eden Hazard like he was Lionel Messi, and added that the Belgian is not the kind of player who will score 40 goals a season.
Hazard has been the focal point under Sarri and almost all his tactics have revolved around the Belgian being the fulcrum of the team. However, that has not been the case, with the team constantly missing out on an outlet for goals.
Burley, who played eight years for the London club, said that the reason the team were not doing well was because the Italian coach has insisted on using Hazard in a similar fashion to how Messi plays for Barcelona.
Burley told ESPN FC, as per Goal, “The trouble with Chelsea is the Plan A, B and C is get the ball to Eden Hazard. When A fails it’s get the ball to Eden Hazard, when that fails it’s still the same – get the ball to Eden Hazard.”
“Everybody’s sort of waiting on this guy who has had a good season, but is carrying so much weight on his shoulders of quite a few that haven’t performed consistently. He’s not Messi.”
“He’s a great player, a very good player, but you can’t rely on him to get the 40 goals a season. So others have to take control and take responsibility and I just think too often it’s like ‘he’ll dig us out the hole, he’ll dig us out a result’,” he concluded.
Chelsea are currently in fourth place in the Premier League standings but will face Manchester United in their next game in what is essentially a decider to determine which team finishes in the Champions League places.