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Melchiot: Chelsea need other scorers than Hazard

5 Oct 2018

Ex-Blues defender says others must weigh in with goals to compete with Liverpool and Man City

Chelsea announced their title credentials against Liverpool on Saturday, denied victory only by a late wonder strike from Daniel Sturridge.

With the top two of Manchester City and Liverpool facing each other on Sunday, Chelsea have the chance to go above one of their rivals when they travel to Southampton earlier in the day.

But if they are to continue challenging the teams above them, Mario Melchiot says Chelsea need players other than Eden Hazard to chip in with goals.

More scorers required

"There are more people in the Liverpool team who can score goals," said Melchiot, the former Blues defender, after the draw at Stamford Bridge. "If you look at Chelsea, it's almost only him [Hazard, who scores].

"The only difference for them to come closer to the likes of Manchester City and trying to challenge them, and Liverpool, and anybody else in this League that is going after the title, is they need more than just Hazard to score goals."

Chelsea have had seven different goalscorers in the Premier League this season, the same as Liverpool.

They have also scored 15 goals like the Reds, but only Hazard and Pedro, with six and three respectively, have scored more than once. 

Chelsea's PL scorers
Goals Players
6 Hazard
3 Pedro
1 Alonso, Willian, Jorginho, Kante, Morata, own goal

Liverpool, by contrast, have four players with multiple goals.

Liverpool's PL scorers
Goals Players
4 Mane
3 Salah
2 Firmino, Sturridge
1 Matip, Milner, Wijnaldum, own goal

Their opponents on Sunday, Man City, have not only scored an unmatched 21 goals, but also boast the most goalscorers, with 11.

Five of their players have managed more than one goal in the league.

Man City's PL scorers
Goals Players
5 Aguero
4 Sterling
2 Mahrez, D Silva, B Silva, 
1 Jesus, Gundogan, Laporte, Sane, Walker, own goal

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