A View from the Bridge: What Chelsea fans are saying this week


Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has insisted that the Europa League is the ideal opportunity for fringe players in the Blues squad to try and impress Maurizio Sarri with their performances. The Chelsea man scored three goals and two assists as they beat Brazil to get to the semi-finals, only to be beaten by France.

The Belgian has starred rather than sulked at not getting his move, scoring a hat-trick in Saturday's 4-1 win over Cardiff to take his tally to five goals in just three starts under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

"I think so (that Hazard can win the Golden Boot this season)", Sarri told reporters, according to BBC Sport. "I think this season is too soon, but I hope not", he said.

Hazard's manager believes that the talented forward can improve and become one of the world's best.

They now sit joint-top of the league with Liverpool, although they are ahead due to a better goal difference, and Stamford Bridge is a much happier place to be than it was at times in Antonio Conte's final season.

"In the last two weeks I have seen four matches of Cardiff and four matches of PAOK and I thought Giroud was more suitable for the Cardiff match and Morata for the other". So I know that the matches after the break are very, very hard. We should be able to navigate this group easily and I'd therefore like to see some of the fringe players get a game.

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"You're still looking at Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Antoine Griezmann - and I don't think he's there yet".

"The team, the way they play, can create those types of chances".

Last season saw Liverpool's Egyptian King win an absurd number of personal accolades for his goalscoring form, beating De Bruyne to the PFA Player of the Year award and nipping in front of Harry Kane to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

'I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think.

"He's one of the best in Europe for sure".

But former Blues and Ireland striker Tony Cascarino thinks Hazard is the greatest player to have represented the club. "We have a lot of freedom on the pitch, and at the moment when we try and do something it's coming off".