‘Hazard isn’t Messi’ – Chelsea accused of expecting too much from Belgian ace

Maurizio Sarri has been accused by Craig Burley of having made a talismanic forward too big a part of his plans, with there no alternative plan

Eden Hazard is “not Lionel Messi” and Chelsea are expecting too much from a man who will never hit the heights of a Barcelona icon, claims Craig Burley.

Former Blues midfielder Burley told ESPN FC: “The trouble with Chelsea is the Plan A, B and C is get the ball to Eden Hazard.

“When A fails it’s get the ball to Eden Hazard, when that fails it’s still the same – get the ball to Eden Hazard.

“Everybody’s sort of waiting on this guy who has had a good season, but is carrying so much weight on his shoulders of quite a few that haven’t performed consistently.

“He’s not Messi. He’s a great player, a very good player, but you can’t rely on him to get the 40 goals a season.

“So others have to take control and take responsibility and I just think too often it’s like ‘he’ll dig us out the hole, he’ll dig us out a result’.”

Hazard has contributed 16 goals and 13 assists to Chelsea’s Premier League cause this season.