Chelsea’s Eden Hazard criticises Antonio Conte’s tactics in 1-0 defeat at Manchester City

Hazard lined-up as a false nine at the Etihad, but cut an isolated figure as Chelsea recorded no shots on target and just 29 per cent possession.

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The Belgium international was replaced after 89 minutes to cap a frustrating day, and told 27-year-old outlet HLN: “When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you’ve ran, but that you haven’t played a game of football – that’s a pity.

“We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn’t touch a ball. Only at the end it went better. In the last 10-15 minutes we had more possession but we should have tried to do that all game.”

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When asked whether he felt Conte would use him in that position again, Hazard replied: “I don’t know. When the manager plays me up front I try to give everything.


“But we haven’t played a good game and for me personally it’s difficult to play a good game when you only touch the ball three times.”

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