Eden Hazard has admitted he doubts he will be able to meet Maurizio Sarri’s goalscoring demands this season.
Sarri called for Hazard to fight for the Premier League Golden Boot, but the Belgian’s goalscoring streak has slowed down since an electric start to the campaign.
A brace against Huddersfield in Chelsea’s last game was Hazard’s first league goals since December and brought the forward’s league tally to 12.
Past Chelsea managers like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have challenged Hazard to score more, but the 28-year-old insists his success is not determined by how many goals he gets.
But I’m not at all selfish. The way I am can be a weakness to be the best player in the world,’ Hazard told the Times.
Managers like Mourinho, Conte, now with Sarri want me to score 40, 50 goals a season but can I do that? I’m not sure.
Maybe they think I can, but I know myself and I don’t think I can. But I will try. ‘I like to be ‘the star’ but I like also when I can pass the ball to another for him to score, and it is not just about me.
The win over Huddersfield ended a run a successive league defeats for Chelsea after a difficult January. Sarri caused a sit when he publicly accused his players of being mentally weak, but Hazard insists he and his team-mates are still adjusting to the Italian’s style of play.
He said: ‘Possession. Possession. The manager likes possession. He’s a lot about statistics. Numbers. Possession. Shooting. Goal opportunity.
In the past we used to play more counterattack. It is different with Sarri than with Conte and Mourinho. Sometimes we keep possession, and I understand the fans want us to go forward [more directly], but it is part of the football.
We are still learning about his concept. We are doing well. I like this kind of football. ‘Sarri is a great manager.
He’s an old man [60, meaning experienced] but the way he thinks is the same way I think about football.