Eden Hazard talks up Chelsea teammate Olivier Giroud

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Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick for the west London side as Maurizio Sarri's men maintained their 100 per cent start to the season and moved up to the top of the Premier League table.

Despite scoring the decisive goals and putting in a man-of-the-match performance, Hazard refused to take all the praise, instead lauding the target-man exploits of Giroud.

Chelsea travel to Greece for Thursday's Europa League tie against PAOK, and Sarri will consider rotating his squad. "I think so", the Belgium star told BBC Sport. You saw today he wasn't able to play, but I hope he can recover in the next two or three days.

The upcoming clash will also see Alvaro Morata return, after Sarri left him out in favour of Olivier Giroud for the first time this season.

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Sarri said that when he arrived at Chelsea he thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe. For their characteristics, they are different.

"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. In his second coming at the West London club, the Brazilian worldwide has gone from being one of the first names on the team sheet to being a peripheral figure to now becoming a regular once again, all in just two years.

"We have to improve step by step". We can cope with the problems with the quality in the offensive phase, but not in the defensive phase.

The Italian insists that while the end goal is to make Chelsea the best team in England, it could take as long as 18 months to achieve that target with defensive issues still remaining as he overhauls the club's system to a pressing style. We knew, especially after the (international) break, it's always very hard to play a good game because you are all a bit exhausted, but at the end we got three points.

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