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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri played Eden Hazard as a striker for the first time this season in the 2-0 win against Manchester City.

With Alvaro Morata struggling for form this season and Olivier Giroud being inconsistent at times, Sarri went for a front three of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, with Hazard playing through the middle.

Hazard has now played that role in the last two league games, scoring and assisting in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Brighton last weekend.

Sarri has revealed that he still wants to try Hazard in that role to test how effective Hazard will be against different oppositions.

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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