Eden Hazard has revealed his best position on the pitch and it’s not the left wing role he currently fills in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system.
Conte, since he arrived at Chelsea has mainly used a front three system that sees a center back flanked by pacy and technical wingers.
Hazard has been one of the forwards in the front three system, usually playing on the left of the striker.
After his fine display against Atletico Madrid, combining with Alvaro Morata at times to strike fear in the hearts of the Diego Simeone-assembled defense, Hazard wants more but in a different position.
Hazard wants to play in the middle of the park – the number 10 role – so he can be closer to the striker, where he feels he can contribute more.
I want to play as a number 10. Of course, playing with Alvaro Morata is good because we can have this link together.
Sometimes [when I’m on the wing] the opponent knows me and it’s easier to control me. But playing more inside is better because as soon as I have the ball, I can go close to the goal.
Hazard has previously featured in the no. 10 role for Chelsea after he arrived in 2012. He was deployed in the role by Roberto Di Matteo in a deadly partnership with Oscar and Mata.
Conte on the other hand is a master tactician, who will prefer his players all have defensive roles and wants wingers who can track back and help marauding wing backs.
Should Conte choose to listen to his superstar, his system that has worked over the past few months will likely change. A formation and shape that has a play maker in the hole could be used.
It will be interesting to see how Conte reacts to this.
Cesc Fabregas claims Man City had unfair advantage at Stamford Bridge
Cesc Fabregas believes Chelsea‘s congested schedule played a major part in Manchester City‘s 1-0 victory at the weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s men came away from the Premier League clash with three crucial points after Kevin De Bruyne’s goal in the 67th minute and Fabregas admits his side lost to a ‘great’ team at Stamford Bridge. However, the Spain midfielder has highlighted City’s advantageous schedule in the lead-up to the encounter, with Guardiola’s players having an extra day of preparation after their Champions League match.
Fabregas told Chelsea’s official website: ‘The truth is we knew it would be a difficult week, starting with the trip to Stoke last Saturday which as we know is always a complicated task.
‘Then there was the trip to Atletico Madrid, arriving back early the next morning at 5am on Thursday, with practically only one day to prepare for the match. ‘We faced a City team who came well prepared.
They had home games and one extra day of rest. ‘We are making no excuses but it was a difficult week and we have competed. We gave it everything and could not have done anything more.’
The former Arsenal star is confident Chelsea can bounce back from the defeat, stressing that the season has only just begun. He added: ‘They [City] are a great team. We know that. They had won their last two games, much in the same manner that we did, so congratulations to them.
‘This was without a doubt the same Chelsea of last season, but what happened was that we came up against a City side who went into the game much better rested than we did. Nothing more.
‘This time last year we were eight points behind, but it doesn’t mean anything. There is still a long way to go in all competitions.’