Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Five things we learned from the Premier League

Five things we learned from the Premier League

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has insisted that the Europa League is the flawless opportunity for fringe players in the Blues squad to try and impress Maurizio Sarri with their performances.

Chelsea have won all 5 of their opening Premier League fixtures, the latest being their 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge against Cardiff City.

Arsenal appear to be slowly putting the pieces together under Unai Emery and registered their third win in three matches at the expense of Newcastle United, who have just one point from their first five games of the season.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard would be capable of scoring 40 goals this season if he was playing for Liverpool or Manchester City, says Stuart Pearce.

"Hazard has started the season well and, if he continues in the same vein, will be looking at a Ronaldo or Messi-esque goal haul of around 35, and I hope he can get there".

Sarri also challenged the former Lille player to score more goals than he's ever scored before adding, "I think Hazard can improve more".

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The hole he leaves is very big but it has been covered by other players with a lot of ambition and we have a great squad to compete.

"People expect us to park the bus, if I can call it that".

Sarri said that when he arrived at Chelsea he thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe. I don't know (the chances) he told me other things, he told me he wants to play but I don't know, I have to speak to him again.

"Sarri has raised his concerns around our defending and at times you can see why! We need to improve and we are able to improve I think, very quick". For their characteristics, they are different.

Kane's efficiency in 2016-17 was unusually high by his or any other recent Premier League standards; in the six seasons since Hazard signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2012 the shot conversion rate of the Golden Boot victor has generally fallen just below the 20 percent mark, effectively one goal scored for every five shots taken.

'I've been trying to stress this number to my players (to avoid a drop-off in performance) and telling them my experience in this situation'. "We have a lot of freedom on the pitch, and at the moment when we try and do something it's coming off".

It should be no surprise, though, as Giroud's all round influence on games was visible at the World Cup.

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