Four things we learned from Chelsea v Cardiff

  1. Eden Hazard will be Chelsea’s top scorer this season

Hazard is now in his prime and finally able to thrive in an attacking system under Maurizio Sarri. He is closer to goal as well. Hazard will break his own goals per season record this time round with ease and may end up with 3o or more.

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  1. Olivier Giroud should start

Giroud is offering far more than Alvaro Morata. He can hold off defenders and occupy their attention which allows Hazard and Pedro more space.

Giroud anticipates play well and gets into scoring positions. He is also very good at laying the ball off for others and getting involved with one-touch interplay.

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  1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s injury came at bad time

Chelsea were lacklustre in the intensity of their play for much of the game, especially in midfield. Loftus-Cheek, had he been fit, would have had an opportunity to put a marker down.

With Kovacic injured, Cesc Fabregas and Ross Barkley will get game time in the next week or so while Loftus-Cheek watches from the side.

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  1. David Luiz against Liverpool is a problem

The prospect of Liverpool’s front three running at David Luiz in a few weeks is a worrying one. Luiz made several errors of judgement on Saturday.

He is not likely to learn from his mistakes at this late stage of his career. At least Andreas Christensen would be capable of learning from his. The time is approaching for Luiz to be replaced at Chelsea.

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