Eden Hazard sends message to Antonio Conte about Chelsea position
Eden Hazard explains why he wants to be deployed in a number 10 position for Chelsea this season
Eden Hazard has told Antonio Conte that he wants to be deployed in a number 10 position for Chelsea this season.
The Belgian playmaker earned plenty of praise for his impressive display for the west London club as they beat Spanish side Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League last week.
Hazard was deployed in a central role behind Alvaro Morata in that game and linked up well with the Spanish forward as Chelsea claimed an impressive win against Diego Simeone’s men.
The 26-year-old was played in the same position for Chelsea during their 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday night, before Morata was forced off with a hamstring strain in the first half.
And speaking before the game on Saturday, Hazard underlined his desire to be played in a more central role for the Blues, rather than on the left win.
Speaking to BT Sport, Belgium star Hazard said: “I want to play as a number 10.
“Of course, playing with Alvaro Morata is good because we can have this link together.
“Sometimes [when I’m on the wing] the opponent knows me and it’s easier to control me.
“But playing more inside is better because as soon as I have the ball, I can go close to the goal.”
Chelsea will aim to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after the international break on Saturday 14 October.
The Blues are currently fourth in the Premier League table behind leaders Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.