SARRI REVEALS WHAT HAZARD TOLD HIM ABOUT PLAYING AS A STRIKER

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Eden Hazard has had a hand in 19 goals in all competitions this season (10 goals and nine assists); the most of any Premier League player.

Maurizio Sarri played Eden Hazard as a striker for the first time this season in the 2-0 win against Manchester City, and the 27-year-old also played in that same role in the 2-1 win over Brighton.

Hazard was deployed severally in the striking role under Antonio Conte, and Hazard admitted he was frustrated playing that role under Conte as he hardly got to touch the ball. Hazard looked a frustrated figure when playing in that role last season against Barcelona and Manchester City.

But Sarri has now revealed that Hazard has confided in him that he would love to continue in the striking role.

Sarri said: “He told me he likes very much to play there. I wasn’t here last season, so I don’t know why he said that before.

“There isn’t a best position for Hazard. He is a wonderful player, you have to let him be free on the pitch.

“There isn’t a best position for Hazard. He is a wonderful player, you have to let him be free on the pitch.

“We started the two matches as Hazard as a striker. Then I wanted to see the solution to work in other situations, so I need two or three matches to see it. I explained the point of view to Giroud, then we will see.

“The solution is good I think. We played a good match against City and against Brighton we were dangerous for 60 minutes.

“Then it was a different match, more physical. We needed to kill the match before, the players thought it was under control.

“We lowered the level of application. We need to avoid this as we have to think to kill the match.”

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