Antonio Conte reacts to Eden Hazard’s display in Chelsea’s win over Bournemouth

Antonio Conte heaps praise on Eden Hazard after his sparkling display for Chelsea against Bournemouth

Antonio Conte heaped praise on Eden Hazard after the playmaker helped to inspire Chelsea to their 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

The Belgium international scored from the spot for the Blues as Conte’s men notched up their 12th win on the bounce in the Premier League to continue their fine form.

The victory left Chelsea flying high at the top of the Premier League table after having established themselves as the firm favourites to win the title this season.

Hazard was named as the man of the match following an impressive display by the Belgian against Eddie Howe’s men.

And Conte was delighted by the impact Hazard had at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day after he was deployed up front in the absence of the suspended Diego Costa.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Conte said of Hazard: “I knew Eden only as an opponent [before coming to Chelsea], above all for his national team.

“I watched him a lot of times on TV and I’m not surprised. He has great talent. The most important thing is he is putting his talent in the team.

“It’s fantastic for me to see the great job he is doing with the ball, and above all without the ball. I hope to continue to improve him in his way.

“Eden, Pedro and Willian all played really well. After the Crystal Palace game, I said we had a week to work to find the right solution and play for the first time without Diego and Kante this season.

“After a week of work, I decided to choose this solution, with Eden as a forward. I’m pleased for the performance of these players.”

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Hazard has been in fine form for Chelsea this season and has scored nine goals and made one assist in the Premier League for the Blues so far this term.

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