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Sarri joins elite club after Hazard hat trick for Chelsea

16 September 2018

Maurizio Sarri has said he has been warning his Chelsea players all week about the danger of dropping points after worldwide breaks as they prepare to resume their Premier League campaign at home to Cardiff City on Saturday. "If he wants to help us, I'm very, very happy".

Sarri has enjoyed a fast start in his initial campaign in England as the Blues recorded four wins on-the-trot in as many Premier League games.

Having got in front, Chelsea took their foot off the gas at the start of the second-half and could have been made to pay when Ralls and Bobby Reid shot just wide from the edge of the area. "But I think also we need to improve, and we can improve".

"I can not change my mind for one match", Sarri said.

He said: "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 enegy in the last 25 metres". So I know that the matches after the break are very, very hard.

But the Blues had to come back from a goal down to win this match as they maintain their flawless start of the season winning their first five games.

Sarri was pleased with his side's efforts against the winless Bluebirds but said reiterated that they were still "a step away" from Liverpool and Manchester City. "I think we must improve but we can improve".

Azpilicueta has captained Chelsea so far this season, but that may not be an indication that he's Sarri's number one choice.

"In the moment we are very risky in the offensive phase but we are not solid as I want in the defensive phase", he added.

We are still very much in the dark, but Sarri has suggested that we will know the answer soon.

Sarri has been impressed with the Brazilian defender, as he said: "David has a big future here - he will be very useful for us".

Sarri joins elite club after Hazard hat trick for Chelsea