Maurizio Sarri reveals why Eden Hazard struggled in Chelsea’s draw against West Ham

Maurizio Sarri admits Eden Hazard found it difficult to thrive in Chelsea’s goalless draw against West Ham because Olivier Giroud received little service.

Chelsea have extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign but their run of five consecutive victories was ended on Sunday following a stalemate at the London Stadium.

Giroud struggled to make an impact with the French striker touching the ball just 24 times before he was replaced by Alvaro Morata in the 65th minute.

Hazard, meanwhile, has started the season in sublime form with five goals and two assists but the Belgian did not have many clear chances to add to his tally against a stubborn West Ham defence.

Asked if Hazard had more attacking intent against West Ham, Sarri replied:

‘Not in the first half. Better in the second half. It was very difficult to play inside.

‘They were cutting off very well every kind of pass for Giroud.

‘We needed two wingers, I think.

‘Hazard did very well in the last 25 minutes, more on the right than the left, but it was really very difficult today for the striker and it was very difficult for the two wingers.’