HAZARD EXPLAINS WHY HE PLAYED BETTER IN THE 3-4-3 SYSTEM

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After the 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in September, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 system that saw Chelsea win 13 games in a row, with Eden Hazard being one of the stars on show.

Throughout October and November, shortly after the change in formation, Hazard scored five goals, including a brace in a thrilling 5-0 win over Everton, which was arguably our best performance of the season.

Hazard has revealed why he shone in the 3-4-3 system.

“I started to play a bit more centrally, like a Number.10,” he said. “Alonso was close to me so he was able to help when we didn’t have the ball, just like Kante, Matic and Fabregas. The new system helped us because we have the players who suit the formation.

“The manager said to me I have to try to find Diego Costa. When I play I always try to pass to him, or look for him to make a run which opens up the space for me to come inside. I always try to be close to him because I know it makes it difficult for defenders when there is two of you, or even three when Pedro or Willian are there as well.

“When we remain static it makes it easier for them to mark us, so I tried to stay close to him and play one-touch football, which worked well.”

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