Eden Hazard criticised for moving ball too slowly by Maurizio Sarri despite star rescuing point for Chelsea

EDEN HAZARD may have rescued Maurizio Sarri with his 92th-minute equaliser against Wolves – but the star still came under criticism from the Chelsea boss.

Sarri felt the Belgian was moving the ball too slowly in the game at Stamford Bridge yesterday and is demanding more from his players in future games.

Eden Hazard was criticised for not moving the ball quickly enough by Maurizio Sarri
Eden Hazard was criticised for not moving the ball quickly enough by Maurizio Sarri
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Chelsea fell behind to Raul Jimenez’s finish ten minutes after half-time – the visitor’s only shot on target – and struggled to make their 75 per cent possession count.

Despite making 820 passes and taking 22 shots, it was not until Hazard found the bottom corner of Rui Patricio’s net deep into injury time that the Blues salvaged a point and avoided a second defeat of the season against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Sarri said: “Hazard, as well as all the other offensive players, must learn to move the ball faster in this kind of situation.

“He is able to dribble past five, six, or seven opponents, of course he is a great player – he can resolve the situation in every moment.

The Chelsea boss was forced to settle for a point against Wolves despite his side having 22 shots in total
The Chelsea boss was forced to settle for a point against Wolves despite his side having 22 shots in total
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“When we play against a team that doesn’t want to play, we need to move the ball faster, we need more movement without the ball.

“We need more movements in the space otherwise it’s impossible to score.

“We have to do better otherwise it’s easy to come to Stamford Bridge and put eleven players in the last 20 metres so we need to improve resolving this kind of situation.”

With rivals Arsenal and Manchester United playing each other and Spurs losing on Saturday, Sarri knew the home clash against Wolves was the perfect chance to boost their top-four chances.

But the draw means Chelsea remain sixth and are now three points behind Arsenal in fourth.

The Italian added: “Today was a big opportunity and we wanted to win. But we have to accept one point.

“We have to play 9/10 matches so every match you are not able to win is a missed opportunity.”

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