Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

Chelsea, Liverpool maintain lead over chasing Man City

Chelsea, Liverpool maintain lead over chasing Man City

It was his second hat-trick for Chelsea, coming four years after he scored all the goals in their 3-0 win over Newcastle.

More history could have be made on Saturday as Watford also began the season perfectly, with four wins in four.

Moments later Willian produced his own moment of magic with a wonderful curling effort from 20 yards that bent into the top corner.

Hazard said Olivier Giroud is the best striker in the world.

Playing away at one of the Premier Leagues top clubs, Cardiff would have been forgiven for locking up but they very much played the way they wanted to play.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has spoken about the possibility of one the Blues legends returning to the club.

Bamba clipped home a training-ground move that had newly-promoted Cardiff dreaming of an upset, only to fall prey to Hazard's genius.

Another man-of-the-match performance took Hazard's tally to five goals and two assists in five Premier League appearances this season - an even more impressive feat considering he has completed 90 minutes only twice - and Sarri believes he is capable of becoming even more prolific.

Neil Warnock's pre-match promise not to "shut-up shop" took shape when Bamba stunned an expectant Stamford Bridge crowd, prodding in defensive partner Sean Morrison's header.

Seven minutes later he gave Chelsea the lead.

"The next logical step was to continue with Chelsea".

Pedro whipped an effort just wide, skinned Harry Arter all ends up to loft a chip just over the bar - and then blazed high and wide when unmarked on the penalty spot.

Racing on to World Cup-winner Giroud's flick, Hazard scampered past Joe Bennett and drilled home the leveller.

Sarri's mood after the convincing victory was further improved with the news Mateo Kovacic's muscle problem, which forced him off early in the second half, had been deemed not to be serious.

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