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Eden Hazard enjoying new attacking role – Antonio Conte

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte believes Belgian superstar Eden Hazard is enjoying is new found attacking role at Chelsea. The Belgian attacking midfielder is often played upfront alongside summer signing Alvaro Morata in a new 3-5-2 formation deployed by Antonio Conte recently as he wants his side to become unpredictable by trying out new tactical solutions compared to the title-winning 3-4-3 formation he often used last term.

Eden Hazard was a thorn in the flesh for the Liverpool defence on Sunday and was difficult to stop as the Blues earned a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield. Defending Champions Chelsea had to come from behind to snatch a late draw against the Reds after former Chelsea attacking midfielder gave the host the lead in the 65th minute only for substitute, Willian to draw level with the hosts five minutes from time.

However, manager Antonio Conte believes the Belgian his thriving under his new his new role and feels that his trickery, pace and his technical abilities gives his side a new dimension to their game.

Italian tactician, Antonio Conte as quoted on Eden Hazard, he said;

“The start of this season was full of trouble with Eden because he had an injury with the national team and we started the season without him.

“Now I think Eden is in really good form and I think he likes to play as a striker. There is a good link with Alvaro and for me also it’s a great opportunity to play with two different systems.

“Against Qarabag we played 3-4-2-1 and here we started with a 3-5-2. It’s important we don’t lose our identity in both cases.”

The 26-year-old seems to be enjoying his new partnership alongside Alvaro Morata upfront having forged a good connection with the Spanish striker.

The link-up play between the two has been great and a typical example was Eden Hazard’s first goal against the Baggies at the Hawthorns a fortnight ago, Alvaro Morata’s flick to setup the Belgian was such a beauty to watch and shows much the duo loves playing together.

The former Lille attacker is gradually returning back to his best since he returned from injury and will be key for the Blues as they face a gruelling December.

The Belgian international has played 16 games for the Blues in all competitions and has scored 6 goals.

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