It hasn’t taken very long for the memory of Antonio Conte to disappear at Stamford Bridge with fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri endearing himself to Chelsea fans with a perfect start to the season that now sees them atop of the Premier League on goal difference ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. What has changed and what impact is it having on the Index?
The former Napoli man is well known for his ‘Sarri-Ball’ tactics, that is to keep the ball as long as possible, 76% possession versus Cardiff City, 72% versus Bournemouth and 82% versus Newcastle United are testament to this with former Napoli man Jorginho (£3.52) key to this style of play. Yet it is up at the top end of the pitch where Eden Hazard quite simply looks transformed for Chelsea playing off Olivier Giroud (£1.56) in attack.
Saturday’s victory over the Bluebirds saw the French striker tee up his Belgian counterpart on two occasions before a penalty wrapped up a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory over Cardiff City. Traders witnessed a humongous score in Match Day Dividends on Saturday as Hazard stole the show at Stamford Bridge meaning the forward 318 Match Day ranking points. Unsurprisingly he romped home with the day’s Star Player award meaning that he took home £0.18 in dividends per share (£0.12 Best Forward and £0.06 Star Player).
This star performance then saw Eden Hazard become the sixth footballer to go over the £10.00 a share mark on Football Index. What is even more amazing is that exactly seven days ago, Eden Hazard was available for just £9.00 a share. A rise of £1.21 in seven days or 13.4% capital appreciation. Maurizio Sarri was nothing but effusive in his praise of the Belgian after his hat-trick on Saturday claiming he is the best player in Europe at present and more than capable of hitting 40 goals this season. These comments then helped Hazard take home yesterday’s media dividends (£0.05) despite the fact that he wasn’t even playing. Is he a new hybrid heavyweight who can win both Media and Match Day dividends?
Keen observers are sure to be Florentino Perez and his Real Madrid side who reportedly have over 300 Million Euros available for players in the coming months meaning Hazard will surely continue to feature heavily in the medias mindset. Chelsea certainly look transformed under Sarri with Hazard rejuvenated will he be one of the stars this season on the Index?