EPL: Sarri blasts Chelsea players, says Hazard not a leader

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has stated that his star forward, Eden Hazard is not a leader.

He said the Belgian must deliver more to realise his full potential and help dig Chelsea out of a slump in form.

The Italian further criticised his team heavily after they slipped to a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal on Saturday, labelling his players “difficult to motivate.”

Chelsea look set to remedy their striker problem with the imminent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain on loan.

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Sarri wants more from Hazard, who was voted the second best player at last year’s World Cup.

Sarri who addressed a press conference ahead of Chelsea clash with Tottenham, on Thursday, said, “In this moment, he’s more an individual player than a leader.

“He is very important for us, of course, because he is a great player. He always can win the match in two minutes. Sometimes in one minute. But, at the moment, he’s not a leader.

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“I think he said that coaches told him that he needs to do more.

“I think he has to do more. Because the potential is higher than the performances. He has to respect first of all himself. He has to do more.

“Eden is at the moment a wonderful player, but an individual player. He is an instinctive player so for him it is difficult to play in only one position.

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“He likes very much to go to the ball so for him, I think it is very difficult to play as a striker.”

Sarri’s public reaction to the defeat at Arsenal has raised questions over his future at Stamford Bridge just six months into his reign in charge.

Chelsea host Tottenham in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final on Thursday, trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

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