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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri deployed a surprise formation against Manchester City as the Blues went on to beat the leaders 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri opted against using a natural striker as he named a frontline of Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Willian, with Hazard playing through the middle.

Hazard had a difficult first half, but the Belgian did well to assist N’Golo Kante for Chelsea’s opener, which went on to change the course of the game.

Hazard had a better second half and also assisted David Luiz’s goal which sealed the victory for Chelsea.

Sarri has now revealed 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.”

When asked about his decision to leave out Morata, Sarri said: “I wanted to play Hazard in a different position.

“It’s useless to have two strikers on the bench.”

Sarri added: “It was clear we had Hazard as a striker, so we have to change something there was Giroud.

“It was useless to have two strikers on the bench and I prefer to have more midfielders today I was in trouble with the wingers so the option was Loftus so I prefer this.”

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