Morata set for Chelsea recall as Sarri seeks striker balance


Morata was an unused substitute as Eden Hazard's hat trick propelled Chelsea to a 4-1 victory at Stamford Bridge, with Giroud impressing despite failing to score.

Do you think Hazard can reach for 40 goals for Chelsea this season?

Quizzed on if Hazard agreed with him, Sarri said: "If you have seen Saturday's match, then I think so".

"I don't know now who will be the striker of the future".

I think Hazard is going to be there for a while.

"When Alvaro is playing it's different - he's a different player". It depends on the kind of match. I think [he can challenge for the golden boot].

'I'm not sure Chelsea will dominate the league enough to create enough chances for Hazard to get 40 goals, because of Liverpool and Manchester City, ' Pearce told talkSPORT.

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A hat-trick from Belgian magician Eden Hazard sent Chelsea top of the Premier League on Saturday but coach Maurizio Sarri insisted other teams were better than his.

Asked if Hazard can outscore Salah, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane, Sarri said: "I think so, ' Sarri said when asked if he thinks Hazard can score more than Salah, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero".

"The great thing that I love and say about every top attacking player is they can't be bullied, they can't be knocked off the ball". He has to improve something, but he can do it. We knew, especially after the (international) break, it's always very hard to play a good game because you are all a bit exhausted, but at the end we got three points.

The Portuguese had to wait for his time to shine during City's record-breaking campaign last season, but is now Guardiola's main man in midfield with Kevin De Bruyne sidelined by a long-term knee injury. Even as manager Maurizio Sarri talks up the contribution of a player, in his prime at 27, who has shown no public indication that he will commit to Chelsea beyond 2020.

"Some of the one touch football we were playing was a delight to watch and we could have had two or three before we finally got the breakthrough".

"Playing the top six is always hard, but we're enjoying it - that's why we're here and we're going to try to do our best against any team".