Thierry Henry reveals how Chelsea FC boss got Eden Hazard to quickly step up
Thierry Henry credits Antonio Conte with getting the best out of Eden Hazard for Chelsea FC's trip to Brighton
Thierry Henry has credited Antonio Conte with getting the best out of Eden Hazard with his tactical decisions with Chelsea FC in recent weeks.
The Belgian playmaker was back to his imperious best on Saturday as his man of the match performance helped to inspire Chelsea to a thumping 4-0 win over Brighton on the south coast.
Hazard scored twice as Chelsea ran riot and finally returned to winning ways in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old has been in good form for Chelsea but Conte opted to bring Hazard off in just the 58th minute of the Blues’ 0-0 draw with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
And former Arsenal star Henry feels that the tactical move by Conte paid dividends for the west London club on Saturday against Brighton.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Saturday’s 4-0 win, Henry said of Hazard: “He’s unplayable when he’s on tune.
“When he’s on tune, it’s more likely that Chelsea are going to win the game.
“There’s something that I like about what Antonio Conte does.
“I watched the game against Leicester, they were not scoring goals, they needed to win the game and he took him [Hazard] off after 58 minutes.
“And when you do that to a player like him, that woke him up.
“At the beginning of the game, he meant business, he came with a purpose.
“I like the way he reacted to what happened against Leicester.”
The Belgian has now scored eight goals and made two assists in 20 Premier League games for Chelsea this season.
Hazard will be hoping to start for Chelsea when the Blues return to League Cup action on Wednesday night with the return leg of their semi-final clash against Arsenal at The Emirates.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg at Stamford Bridge earlier in the month.