Antonio Conte has told Eden Hazard to step his game up for Chelsea and score more goals.
The 26-year-old playmaker is widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s top attacking talents and has been earning plenty of praise for his performances so far this season.
Hazard seems to be rediscovering his best form for the west London side after missing the first few games of the season as he recovered from a serious ankle injury.
However, ahead of this weekend’s games the Belgian had only scored five goals in the Premier League for the west London side.
Hazard will be hoping to find the net more regularly for the Blues in the coming weeks and months as he looks to help them climb the Premier League table.
And Conte has admitted that his form in front of goal is one of the key areas he feels that Hazard can improve.
Speaking at a news conference at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Friday, Conte said: “He could score more. If you see the stats you will understand he could score more.
“That’s an aspect where he can improve. When you are a striker, or a number 10, your speciality must be to score.
“My task, and I think the task for every coach, is to try to improve your players because that’s the only way to try to win something, by improving your players, every year, every season.
“If you develop your players your team becomes stronger and you can have the possibility to fight for something important.”
Chelsea, who won the title in style last term, will return to Premier League action on Wednesday night with their first game of the new year, when they take on Arsenal at The Emirates.