Eden Hazard frustrated by Antonio Conte’s Chelsea tactics
Hazard critical of the way his Chelsea team played after losing away to Manchester City
March 5th, 2018
Chelsea offered little resistance at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with Manchester City scoring the only goal of the game early in the second half.
After going behind, the visitors continued to defend deep rather than move forward in numbers, with Eden Hazard cutting an isolated figure in attack as Antonio Conte opted to use him as a false nine.
Hazard’s future at Chelsea is unclear and the Belgian might be interested in pastures new this summer, with the midfielder unafraid to speak publicly about his team’s most recent performance.
He told the Belgian newspaper HLN: “When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you’ve ran [a lot], but that you haven’t played a game of football. That’s a pity. We could have played on for three hours, and I [still] wouldn’t touch a ball. It went a bit better only at the end: in the last 10-15 minutes we had more possession. But we should have tried to do that all game.
“I don’t know. When the manager plays me up front, I try to give everything. We haven’t played a good game. For me personally it’s difficult to play a good game when you only touch the ball three times.
“It was difficult. Against Barcelona we had at least a few chances. In that game we could have scored. Today we didn’t create any. It was complicated, certainly to find an answer to their pressing. Once we had the ball we were immediately surrounded by three or four players. We have also wasted some simple passes. We haven’t played a good game. We are going to work hard to perform better next week.”