Hazard hat-trick sees off Cardiff to send Chelsea top

Hazard hat-trick sees off Cardiff to send Chelsea top

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

The Blues made it five consecutive wins yesterday to start the new Premier League season.

It was yet a no show situation for Nigeria worldwide Victor Moses, as he was left out in Chelsea squad that hammered visiting Cardiff 4-1 at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Captain Sean Morrison crept free and headed a lofted free-kick across goal, with defender Bamba nipping in front of the cover to flick home with a poacher's finish.

The Blues have started the season well, winning all four of their games to date.

Sarri has been candid about Chelsea's defensive frailties, and those shortcomings were exposed in full when Bamba handed the visitors the shock lead.

The Citizens lifted the league title last term under Pep Guardiola in a scintillating manner, with Chelsea finishing 5th in the standings. Giroud laid on the assists for the first two of his teammate's three goals on the day.

Willian then added a goal of his own three minutes later, curling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Maurizio Sarri has held talks with John Terry over a return "home" to Chelsea as part of his coaching staff. "At the moment, in my opinion, Liverpool and Man city are better than us".

Warnock may expect more of his forwards in future, offering little to profit off the chances his midfield did create and leaving Cardiff never looking like they would get back into the game after going 2-1 down.

Chelsea now sit joint top of the table with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool who ran out 2-1 winners over Spurs at Wembley in today's early kick off.

While the Premier League only dates back to 1992-93, it requires a long trek through history to find the last time any English top-flight duo managed it.