Eden Hazard says Chelsea players are beginning to understand Maurizio Sarri's philosophy

Chelsea FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

The 2018/19 season has been somewhat of a mixed bag for Chelsea.

Tactical teething problems, transfer bans and Eden Hazard's imminent departure aside, the Blues have managed to climb to third place in the Premier League table following Monday night's win over West Ham.

Hazard was, again, was the star of the show for Maurizio Sarri's side. He scored both Chelsea goals to award the Blues a 2-0 home win.

It was the Belgian's opener that made headlines as he weaved between five West Ham defenders to slot the ball into the back of the net.

With rumours of a £100m switch to Real Madrid heating up, Blues fans seem to already be mourning the loss of their star man.

The main source of Chelsea's difficulties this season has been their struggle to adapt to a new tactical system put in place by Sarri.

Frustrations have mounted over the more possession-based style of football dubbed 'Sarriball', and fans have made their feelings clear with expletive chants during games.

However, following his dynamic display on Monday night, Hazard explained that he and his teammates are getting to grips with Sarri's philosophy.

Chelsea FC v West Ham United - Premier League

Per the Independent, he said: "Statistically it's my best season. I like to be able to say that, because the way he's thinking about football is the same way I think about football.

"Ok, sometime's we've lost. But the way he wants us to play is the same way I want Chelsea to play. That's why we have a good relationship.

"It's not simple to play the football he wants to play. But I think now we're starting to understand how he wants to play."

Through their previous three managers, the Chelsea players have had to adapt to three drastically different systems.


Jose Mourinho's style of play is notorious for being overly-defensive, especially when compared to the introduction of an experimental three-at-the-back system by Antonio Conte.

Hazard continued: "We are working a lot, because this manager is different from Conte, different from Mourinho.

"When you have a manager like that, it's not easy to change everything.

"But I think we showed in the last two or three weeks we're adapting well with this manager, and now we want to finish the season well."

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