Gianfranco Zola's reaction to Eden Hazard's performance for Chelsea v Cardiff

Gianfranco Zola's reaction to Eden Hazard's performance for Chelsea v Cardiff

Chelsea on the other, have failed to agree to a contract renewal with Hazard and he has just two years left on his current existing deal and the summer window is still to close for the La Liga.

However, the former Napoli manager Sarri is not entertaining the thought of Terry's return in a playing capacity. "If he wants to help us, I'm very, very happy".

"I told him... for me you can score 40 goals but you have to spend less energy".

The Blues now have five points more than they had at this stage last season as they prepare to start their Europa League campaign. I'm lucky because I have a good team, good players, not only one.

"But at the moment, I repeat, for me in my opinion Liverpool and Manchester City are better than us". "But spend less energy far from the goal and play in the last 25 metres".

And Alonso started the move for Chelsea's second as he played in Pedro and his cross was expertly steered by Giroud in Hazard's path to score via a deflection. Cardiff went into the worldwide break with a 3-2 loss to Arsenal, a game that earned the Gunners their second win of the season.

Chelsea have a +10 goals difference while Liverpool who beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the day's early kickoff are also on 15 points, but they have a +9 goals' difference.

But Sarri insists last season's champions and Champions League finalists remain the benchmark for his side.

Neil Warnock's men have picked up just two points in 0-0 draws with a man advantage against Newcastle and Huddersfield from their opening five games. We need to keep this momentum. To close that gap in only one season is very hard. Fortunately, we have very strong young players: "Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu. and I'd like to give them the right space".

Chelsea were stunned when an unmarked Sol Bamba flicked home to put Cardiff ahead in the 16th minute, but Hazard replied twice before halftime as the home side upped the tempo.

The Belgian global got on the end of an Olivier Giroud pass to fire in to the bottom corner for 1-1.

Willian then added a goal of his own three minutes later, curling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.