Hazard as a striker helps Chelsea defensively

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14 Jan 2019, 04:00 IST
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Eden Hazard in motion for Chelsea

Taking part in Eden Hazard as a striker gives Chelsea with higher stability defensively, in line with Maurizio Sarri.

Belgium worldwide Hazard has incessantly performed by the center this season with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling for kind.

The 28-year-old was deployed within the centre of the assault for the 2-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday and he arrange Willian for the profitable purpose after Ciaran Clark cancelled out Pedro’s opener.

Requested if Hazard loved working as a striker, Sarri stated: “Not within the first half. Within the second half my feeling was that he loved it.

“I wished to see the answer with three small gamers. I feel on this second it’s a excellent answer as a result of we’re not much less harmful within the offensive part after which within the defensive part we’re extra balanced.

“Within the final six matches, we conceded solely three objectives and one was from a penalty. I feel that in the meanwhile, within the defensive part, we’re doing very nicely. One of many causes I feel, in my view, is that Eden is enjoying in that place.”

Sarri acknowledged that having Hazard main the road makes it troublesome for Chelsea to penetrate the field, an space he pointed to as requiring enchancment.

“For his traits, after all, he goes within the path of the ball. We have to be taught to assault areas, or assault the field with the opposite gamers,” he stated.

“It was higher [against Newcastle] with the opposite wingers in attacking areas. We scored after 10 minutes by attacking areas behind the strains with Pedro. I keep in mind very nicely initially of the second half, we had the identical scenario with Willian.

“So it’s higher now. We have to enhance in attacking the field. When the ball is exterior, it’s not possible for Eden to remain within the field.”

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