Thursday, February 22

Hazard tells Conte position to field him in Barcelona clash

Chelsea striker, Eden Hazard, has urged the club manager, Antonio Conte not to play him in a false No. 9 role when the Blues travel to Camp Nou in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona.

The Belgium international played as a false No.9 until when Alvaro Morata came off the bench later on at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Hazard, 27, however, wants to be back on the wing when the Premier League champions return to Barcelona for the second leg.

Hazard told reporters:
“To be honest, I like the role as a false 9. But in games like that against quality opposition like Barcelona, it’s difficult.

“You don’t get a lot of balls. I might have touched 25 balls that night and 15 of them were flying toward my head.

“That is not really playing to my qualities. I won some aerial duels against Gerard Pique, and that’s not bad.

“But if I had to choose, I prefer to play like I did in the last 10 minutes, which was out wide. But it’s the manager who has the final word. On the wing I feel more comfortable. That’s my place.”

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