DID EDEN HAZARD AS A FALSE NINE WORK AGAINST LEICESTER CITY? HERE IS WHAT SARRI THINKS

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has opted to play Eden Hazard as a false nine in Chelsea’s last three Premier League games.

Against Manchester City, Hazard provided two assists. He scored a goal and provided an assist against Brighton.

Asked if Hazard as a false nine worked against Leicester City, Sarri said: “I was really very happy at the end of the first half because, for me, we played very well.

“We were dangerous. We conceded nothing to the opponents in the first half.

“So I was really very happy with the team. With the solution with Hazard. Then, after the goal, the position of Hazard was not important.”

Before the 1-0 loss to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge today, Sarri revealed he needs more games to be sure playing Hazard as a false nine was the right solution.

Sarri said: “In the first match it was a tactical choice, then I wanted to see if the solution could work in all situations, so I needed two or three matches to be sure it’s the right solution. I explained my point of view to Giroud and we will see.

“At the moment it’s good, we played a good match against City and at Brighton we were very dangerous for 60 minutes and then it was a difficult kind of match, very physical, not the best for us. We needed to kill the match before, my players felt it was under control and without problems. We need to avoid this because on the pitch we need to keep the match in that situation.

“I don’t know at the moment, Giroud played 90 minutes three days ago and Morata started training with the group only yesterday after 10 days, so we will see in the last training session.

“I don’t know because I was sure about the match against City, of course not the result, but that with Hazard in that position we could play a good match, I was quite sure. Then against Brighton I started to see this situation in different matches, now I want to see it in a home match against a team who are very compact with low density, we have to see.”

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