Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri deployed Eden Hazard in a different way against Manchester City as he played a front three of Hazard, Willian and Pedro.
Hazard played as a false nine against City, and had the least touches in the first half as City dominated possession by far.
Hazard has been used to holding a lot of the ball this season as Chelsea tend to dominate games under Sarri, but he didn’t have that luxury against City.
Despite his lack of touches in the first half against City, he still assisted N’Golo Kante for the first goal. And for the second goal scored by David Luiz, Hazard also assisted.
Hazard has now revealed that he found it strange to not touch the ball.
Asked if he was happy to play up front, Hazard replied: “The feeling is a little strange because I don’t get to touch the ball a lot in this position.
“But I played in this position last year under Conte, so I know what to do.”
Sarri revealed after the game that he would use this system again for some games.
After the game, Sarri said: “He had some problems at the beginning of the match, but I think he played really a very great second half.
“Maybe he deserved to score today. I think it’s a very good option. We will play like today in the future for some matches of course.”