Eden Hazard opens up about Chelsea changes under Antonio Conte

Eden Hazard discusses the main changes that Antonio Conte has made since taking over at Chelsea

Eden Hazard has revealed that Antonio Conte’s approach to Chelsea training is much more tactical than under Jose Mourinho.

The Italian boss has earned plenty of praise since being appointed as the club’s new manager last summer, with the Blues having established themselves as the firm favourites to win the title this season thanks to their sparkling form.

Chelsea are currently nine points clear at the top of the table as they bid to win the Premier League title this season.

Their remarkable upturn in form this season has been in stark contrast to their struggles last term, when they ended up 10th in the table and without a trophy.

And Belgian playmaker Hazard has lifted the lid on the main changes Conte has made at Chelsea since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hazard said: “In tactics and training we do more with Conte.

“We work a lot of tactical positions and we know exactly what we have to do on the pitch, where I have to go and where the defenders have to go.

“We know exactly what to do. With Mourinho, he put in a system but we didn’t work lots. We know what to do because we play football, but maybe the automatisms were a little bit different.

“With Mourinho, Nemanja Matic was behind me in the season when we won the title and sometimes I stayed in front and Matic did the job.

“With Conte it’s different. I close more inside because Marcos Alonso is there as a wing-back. I just need to be ready to counter-attack if we get the ball.”

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Chelsea are currently gearing up for their crunch Premier League clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.

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