Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hazard left out of Chelsea squad for PAOK trip

Hazard left out of Chelsea squad for PAOK trip

The Serbian, who has five goals in eight matches this season, picked up a hamstring problem during a training session last week, and missed his team's 3-1 win over OFI Crete in the Greek Super League on Saturday.

The Italy global followed new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri to Stamford Bridge from Napoli in a £57 million earlier this summer, and the 27-year-old has been an integral part of the Blues climb to joint top of the Premier League table.

Their start has seen them talked about as possible title contenders, even so early into Sarri's tenure, alongside City and Liverpool.

Jamie Carragher has called Eden Hazard the "best player in the Premier League".

That's with Chelsea having now changed bosses 11 times since September 2007 - with the late Ray Wilkins and Steve Holland also taking up caretaker duties for one match apiece.

"They [Liverpool] are tailor-made for Europe, playing brilliant in the Premier League", Owen told told BT Sport.

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"I think he understands that is just part and parcel of football". He is flourishing under Maurizio Sarri, the new Chelsea manager. "It's a completely different club to anyone else".

Bellamy went on to say that the west Londoners are highly likely to bounce back from the Europa League to the Champions League again next season.

"You have to look at City and Liverpool who will definitely be in there".

Higginbotham is convinced the best is yet to come from the playmaker, however, insisting: "I don't think he is anywhere near his prime yet". I wasn't sure if that was going to happen but I thought if Hazard went, then they would be in a bit of bother.

"Loftus-Cheek is a very good player but I don't know if there is a spot for him [against PAOK]", the Italian said.

"I like what he does and how he gets his team set out".

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