Eden Hazard 'exasperated' former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over tactics

Maurizio Sarri wasn't always impressed with Eden Hazard's mentality and considered axing him while at Chelsea

Posted Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Dailystar.co.uk

Eden Hazard may have struggled to hit the ground running at Real Madrid but he'll be getting no sympathy from Maurizio Sarri.

The former Chelsea boss spent a year in charge at Stamford Bridge before departing at the same time as Hazard.

The Belgian was the stand-out player in his final year with the Blues, but that didn't stop him getting on Sarri's nerves.

According to The Athletic , one Chelsea backroom member admits that the now Juventus boss considered dropping Hazard.

Sarri got the impression that the 28-year-old was not prepared to put the team before himself as he ignored tactical instructions.

The Italian had a very specific game plan that originally reaped rewards before a difficult period that saw many fans turn against him.

He did recover to finish in the top four and deliver the Europa League, but still chose to move on and is unlikely to be shedding any tears for Hazard at the Bernabeu.

Eden Hazard 'exasperated' former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over tactics
Maurizio Sarri's tactics and instructions weren't always followed by Eden Hazard (Image: GETTY)

Ironically he is not the only manager Hazard managed to get to at Stamford Bridge.

The former Lille man played under six different managers during his time in England, admittedly with varying affection.

His performances prior to Jose Mourinho's sacking in December 2015 were called out by many.

But his comeback year after that under Antonio Conte saw him help deliver the Premier League title and put himself in contention for the PFA Player of the Year.

Now playing for Los Blancos he has managed to score just the once in six outings as he looks to establish himself following an injury-hit start to the season.

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