Hazard has told Sarri he prefers NOT to play with one team-mate – Carragher

Eden Hazard has informed Maurizio Sarri that he prefers the partnership of Olivier Giroud to Alvaro Morata, that’s the claim of former Liverpool star and Sky sports pundits Jamie Carragher.

Hazard was man of the match in their game against Cardiff last weekend, in which he scored a hatrick and paid tribute to Giroud.

The aforementioned French striker provided two assists for hazard’s three goals and he has earned raves of plaudits for his hold-up play.

Hazard said of Giroud: He’s a target man, maybe the best in the world. I think so. When he gets the ball, he can hold it and we can go with him.

“For us, he’s a player to play with. When Alvaro was playing it is completely different, he’s a different player with different qualities, and it’s good to have two good strikers in the team.”

Giroud joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January and even though the Blues signed Alvaro Morata in a record deal, somehow, Giroud has impressed more than the Spaniard.

Troy Deeney was a guest on Sky Sport and he said of Giroud’s partnership with Hazard: “With Giroud there, he gives Hazard that licence,” Deeney said.

“Olivier Giroud is always going to occupy at least two defenders with his size, with his frame, the way he can bring the ball down.

“He’s not the slowest of people as well, he’s got everything to his game.

“You talk about Heskey and Owen, Owen’s always said how good Heskey was for him, and it’s the same there.

“I’ve been in that role sometimes, with (Odion) Ighalo and myself.

Carragher went on the buttress Deeney’s opinion. He said: “I think Hazard’s saying that, and you don’t normally hear something like that.

“No disrespect to Morata but I think he’s probably thinking and saying to the manager really ‘I want to play with this fella more often than not’.”