'I like this type of game' - Hazard prefers Sarri's style over Mourinho & Conte

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The Belgium international admits that the former Napoli manager's tactics suits him more than that of the other two ex-Chelsea bosses

Eden Hazard admits that he prefers Maurizio Sarri's playing style over that of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

The Belgium international has been at the centre of Chelsea's success in recent years, winning two Premier League titles, under both Mourinho and Conte, while he has also lifted the FA Cup and the Europa League.

However, while the season remains young, Hazard believes that Sarri's style, nicknamed 'Sarri-ball', better suits his way of playing at Stamford Bridge.

"I like to have the ball," he told Chelsea TV. "Not in my own half, but in the last 30 metres.

"I like this type of game, it's completely different from Antonio Conte or [Jose] Mourinho before. Like I say, we have more of the ball so for me it's not bad."

Chelsea underwent something of a low-key transfer window compared to past summer, though Sarri did sign Jorginho from Napoli, his former club, and Mateo Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid.

Hazard believes the two have made a significant impact, with the club yet to lose in the Premier League, beating Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bournemouth in their opening four games.

"I think the big difference is we bring in two players, Jorginho and Kovacic, and they are completely different," he added.

"Of course, they want to keep the ball, we just try to keep the ball more often, and then when we have the chance to score we just need to score. But when we have more of the ball we can have more danger.

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"At the moment we are okay, we are winning games, I think we are playing good football, so I'm enjoying it. I want to keep this momentum. The bad thing is now we go to the national team, we want to just keep playing with Chelsea and win games!"

In addition to their Premier League exploits, Chelsea will face BATE, PAOK and Vidi in the Europa League.

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