Antonio Conte: What I loved about Eden Hazard in Chelsea v Arsenal

Antonio Conte praises Eden Hazard for the defensive work he put in during Chelsea's win over Arsenal

Antonio Conte has praised Eden Hazard for his defensive work for Chelsea during the Blues’ 3-1 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The west London side were in top form as they secured a comfortable victory over their local rivals to underlined their status as the favourites to win the Premier League title this season.

Hazard was in particularly good form and his man of the match display helped to inspire the Blues to victory as he netted a superb second-half goal at Stamford Bridge.

However, despite Hazard earning plenty of praise for his attacking display, Conte chose to praise the Belgian for doing his defensive duties well against Arsene Wenger’s men.

Speaking to Chelsea’s website after the game, Conte said: “He scored a great goal. He showed great shape today because if you haven’t a good shape, it’s very difficult to score this type of goal.

“We all know his talent and his strength. He’s a really, really talented player. He’s a really good man also, a good boy.

“Today, above all, I am pleased for his work without the ball defensively. He played with great attention and concentration.

“When we are able to work together in this way it’s simple for us.”

Chelsea’s win left them nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table and as the firm favourites to win the title this season.

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Hazard was voted as the PFA player of the year in the 2014-15 season.

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