How PAOK could line up against Chelsea

Hazard is the most gifted player in Chelsea’s history claims former Blues striker

Hazard is the most gifted player in Chelsea’s history claims former Blues striker

Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad that travelled to Greece before their Europa League meeting with PAOK Salonika on Thursday evening after personally telling Maurizio Sarri, the manager, that he is battling tiredness. "But now I am changing my mind as maybe now he is the best in Europe", he said to the BBC after earlier telling Sky that Hazard might take two years to reach that mark. Even as manager Maurizio Sarri talks up the contribution of a player, in his prime at 27, who has shown no public indication that he will commit to Chelsea beyond 2020.

Before halftime, Olivier Giroud laid the ball off for Hazard to unleash a strike which deflected in off Bamba to send Chelsea in front.

It's not easy going to these places, they can be a bit hostile at times, but I am going to go for a low-scoring victory and I have a feeling Sarri will give someone like Ruben Loftus-Cheek an outing, so I will back the England midfielder to score.

The Dutch centre-back nullified Harry Kane for 90 minutes and put in a classy display to ensure that Liverpool took all three points back home to Merseyside.

Meanwhile, PAOK should line-up in not too dissimilar a manner to the team which won 3-1 against OFI Crete on Saturday.

Morata, 25, had a turbulent debut season at Stamford Bridge which raised doubts over whether new boss Maurizio Sarri would relinquish the Spaniard over the summer transfer window. First-choice striker Aleksandar Prijovic should be available to start having recovered from a hamstring tweak, while PAOK have no other major injury issues.

Asked if Hazard can win the Golden Boot, Sarri replied: "I think so. Of course either Hazard or Pedro will rest on Thursday". "I don't know", he said. I don't know if there is a spot tomorrow. Now it is hard because in the first part of the season it is important to play with possibly the same players, just to have a solid team, but I have to change four or five players. "In characteristics they are different and it depends on the kind of match". I still think Chelsea are more than good enough to win this one.

Three of PAOK's four competitive home games have featured at least three goals, while four of Chelsea's last five matches have seen an Over 2.5 Goals bet land.

"What can I tell you is we are prepared for the game, to keep our organisation as usual".

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