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Hazard talks life as sub after winning Chelsea assist

Chelsea's Eden Hazard gets to the endline and sends a low cross to Marcos Alonso who scores with a first-time shot to make it 1-0.

Eden Hazard came off the Chelsea bench for the second-straight week under new manager Maurizio Sarri, though he’d rather not.

That’s likely a function with the possibility that the Belgian could yet leave Stamford Bridge before the end of the European transfer window, but doesn’t make it any easier for one of the world’s best attackers to start matches out of the Starting XI.

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“It is better to be on the pitch than watching on the bench,” he said. “But the boys when they are playing they did well so I am just happy for the win.”

Hazard found a marking mismatch on the left of the 18, expectedly shaking Alexandre Lacazette and driving toward the end line before cutting back for Marcos Alonso, who scored another memorable late goal for the Blues.

Whether Hazard stays in England or not, he’s enjoyed the Maurizio Sarri experience apart from coming off the subs’ bench. From the BBC:

“He is the kind of manager who wants the ball, to control the ball. I can’t say a wrong thing about that. I want to play and have the ball at my feet. We have players who can do something magic. He is a great manager, like we had before.”

Hazard admitted he might like to leave Chelsea in mid-July, though Sarri was said to be anxious to keep both he and Belgian teammate Thibaut Courtois.

The latter didn’t come to fruition, with Sarri selling Courtois and buying Kepa Arrizabalaga, but there’s still time for Hazard to become a star for Sarri. Will it happen?

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