"We had problems in January and February, and in the Premier League it is not easy to react, but from the 6-0 against the City something changed and in the end we have qualified for the Champions [League] and we have achieved this title".
As he prepared for the final, decisive game of a challenging first season in charge of Arsenal, Unai Emery made an intriguing point.
Hazard has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid over the past few seasons but a transfer to the Spanish giants failed to materialise.
The former Germany global was one of the key players as Real won the La Liga title under Jose Mourinho in 2012, earning himself a place on the Ballon d'Or shortlist as a result.
Hazard confirmed after Wednesday's 4-1 Europa League final victory over Arsenal, which represented the first trophy Sarri has won as a coach, that "I think it's goodbye" after seven years at Chelsea, although he did add: "But in football, you never know".
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"I think sometimes you just have it inside or you don't have it". Because these clubs - Real Madrid, Barcelona, now Manchester City, Bayern Munich - they always come back.
"I have a special relationship with him on the pitch and off it".
"It's not easy for him (Sarri)", Pirlo told the Daily Mail.
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"Until June 30 I am an Arsenal player".
He said: "Our idea is to continue to carry on and improve with the young players that have arrived".
"He needs time to adapt the players to the new system".