Saturday, 24 February 2018

Eden Hazard offers Antonio Conte team selection advice ahead of Manchester United clash


Eden Hazard has said that his preference is to play out wide for Chelsea rather than as the main striker.

Despite signing Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud across the past two transfer windows coupled with the option to use Michy Batshuayi during the first half of the season, Blues manager Antonio Conte has opted to use the Belgian international as a false nine on a number of occasions.

At times the decision has worked well, but there’s been the odd game in which the 27-year-old has struggled to hold up the ball and therefore a number of attacking opportunities have broken down.

That was evident for long periods of the first-half against Barcelona on Tuesday night as he started up front ahead of Morata and Giroud. When the Spaniard came on in the closing stages at Stamford Bridge, Hazard shifted over to the left-wing and says that’s where he likes to operate.

“You don’t get a lot of balls. I might have touched 25 balls that night and 15 of them were flying towards my head,” he told reporters.

“That is not really playing to my qualities. I won some aerial duels against Gerard Pique, and that’s not bad.

“But if I had to choose, I prefer to play like I did in the last 10 minutes, which was out wide. But it’s the manager who has the final word. On the wing I feel more comfortable. That’s my place.”

Hazard’s impressive form in the Champions League this season continued as he teed up Willian to break the deadlock against the La Liga leaders.

That was his fourth assist in seven appearances in the competition – although it wasn’t enough to secure victory heading into the second leg next month as Lionel Messi capitalised on an defensive mistake from Andreas Christensen to seal an away goal for the visitors.

Next up for Hazard and company is another big game as they travel to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to face a Manchester United side managed by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

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