Hazard left out of Chelsea squad for PAOK trip

Last weekend, Eden Hazard netted hat-trick against Cardiff City as Chelsea maintain their ideal start of the season winning all their first five games.

As with most World Cup stars, he was given an extended holiday after the tournament and missed some of Chelsea's pre-season.

Willian's first-half strike proved the decisive moment in the game as the London side opened their Europa League campaign with a victory in Greece.

"In the period he didn't play, we never doubted Leroy's quality", Guardiola said. I am very happy at Chelsea.

There have been no reports of an injury so the Belgian global is probably being rested ahead of Chelsea's upcoming game against West Ham on Sunday while they also have a league and cup double-header coming up against Liverpool.

The Belgium playmaker has been rested, alongside defender David Luiz and midfielder Mateo Kovacic, while full-back Emerson Palmieri is also absent.


MaurIzio Sarri began his unveiling as Chelsea manager by claiming that he is "bored of the transfer market", but the market will still dominate his start in the job before the window closes three weeks from tomorrow.

"In order to win our group, the match of tomorrow is the most important because it's the most hard match".

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has shared his thoughts regarding Eden Hazard's excellent record from the spot.

But, though the competition will give Sarri the chance to share the workload, he refused to offer England starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek any guarantees that he will get some much-needed game-time against Greeks PAOK.

Liverpool's first win away at Tottenham in four attempts for Klopp was another sign of the progress made under the German, particularly as they suffered a 4-1 thrashing at Wembley last season.

They now sit joint-top of the league with Liverpool, although they are ahead due to a better goal difference, and Stamford Bridge is a much happier place to be than it was at times in Antonio Conte's final season. You can tell in the game, we play with more possession and have more fun and win five games in a row.

  • Steve Townsend