Eden Hazard to miss Chelsea's Europa League tie with PAOK Salonika

Sarri is planning to rotate his squad for Thursday's clash with PAOK Salonika and has made a decision to rest the Belgium worldwide, who scored a hat-trick against Cardiff on Saturday.

Chelsea squad have jetted out to Greece on Wednesday morning, and Eden Hazard will watch his side's match from the comfort of his own house in London.

"He [Hazard] told me after the match against Cardiff he was exhausted so I thought it was better [for him] to rest", Sarri said, having confirmed that David Luiz and Mateo Kovacic have also been kept back in London because of fatigue and injury respectively.

Asked if Hazard can win the Golden Boot, Sarri replied: "I think so".

'Hazard after the national team and the match with Cardiff he was a little bit exhausted.

Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock thinks Chelsea could struggle to contain the Premier League's very best teams unless they hone their defending - and Sarri agrees.

Hazard might not have European competitions to bulk up his haul, however.

Europa League winners in 2013, Chelsea can expect a warm welcome in their Group L opener in Thessaloniki.

Eden Hazard became the fourth player to score more than one Premier League hat-trick for Chelsea (after Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink) as Chelsea beat Cardiff 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.

The Europa League has already proved costly for Burnley, which had to start its season in July when the rest of the Premier League was still involved in friendlies.

The early exertion is taking its toll, with last season's seventh-place finishers in last place in the Premier League with a one point from five games. "We aren't far off".

But Liverpool was far more sprightly and risky on the ball in north London, while Tottenham - particularly striker Harry Kane - was lethargic.

Hazard's magisterial hat-trick dominated Chelsea's 4-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday, pushing the Blues to the top of the table and extending their 100 per cent start to the campaign to five matches.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said it would be "crazy" to contemplate dropping Kane.

Liverpool's 2-1 victory at Wembley pointed to a tight contest.

Their stumbling domestic form came on the back of an underwhelming summer which saw just three new arrivals at the club. Signs of lethargy were already setting in during the tournament in Russian Federation, with Kane failing to score in England's last three games as it finished fourth.

  • Stacy Allen