BELGIUM BOSS WON’T FOLLOW CONTE’S LEAD BY PLAYING HAZARD AS A FALSE NINE

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been played as a false nine by Antonio Conte this season but it’s not a role Hazard enjoys playing.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has rejected the idea of following Antonio Conte’s lead and deploying Eden Hazard as a false nine.

“Eden is not a false nine for me,” Martinez said.

“Chelsea can work with guys like Pedro around him but with us we have Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, even Dries Mertens who can play there. I’m not going to put Hazard there.

“The shape of Lukaku is very good. He was impressive against Liverpool. He shows maturity, and I was pleased to see him perform at such a high level.”

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