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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Eden Hazard: Jorginho and Kovacic have made a 'big difference' at Chelsea

Belgian forward enjoying his team's new style since arrival of new manager Sarri

Eden Hazard has been instrumental to Chelsea's perfect start to the Premier League season. Reuters
Eden Hazard has been instrumental to Chelsea's perfect start to the Premier League season. Reuters

Eden Hazard has said the arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have helped transform Chelsea's style and that he is enjoying playing under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard, 27, has been in fine form so far this season, contributing two goals and two assists to help Chelsea to a perfect start with four successive wins.

The Belgian forward's bright start comes after a summer where he led his national team to third place at the World Cup in Russia, before suggesting he could leave the Premier League club, with Real Madrid strongly linked.

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Chelsea refused to sell and Hazard, now in his seventh season at Stamford Bridge, is enjoying Sarri's style of play after the more conservative tactics of former managers.

"I like to have the ball. Not in my own half, but in the last 30 metres," Hazard told Chelsea TV. "I like this type of game. It's completely different than Antonio Conte or [Jose] Mourinho before. We have more ball so for me it's not bad."

Hazard's contract expires in 2020 and the offer of an extension has not been taken up so far by the Belgian.

He was a substitute in Chelsea's first two matches of the season, but was instrumental in the win over Arsenal and then started and scored against Newcastle United and Bournemouth.

Hazard had expressed frustration at his slow introduction to Sarri's team after the Arsenal match.

Asked how he is feeling now, Hazard said: "Good. You can see on the pitch. Let's see the future."

The arrivals of Jorginho, who followed Sarri from Napoli, and Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, have given Chelsea a different dimension in midfield, and Hazard credits the midfield pair with changing the way Chelsea play.

"The big difference is we bring two players - Jorginho and Kovacic - and they are completely different," he said. "We just try to keep the ball more often and then when we have a chance to score, we need to score.

"But when we have more ball we can be more dangerous. We're playing good football, so we enjoy. I want to keep this momentum."