Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed that he prefers to play in a wide position rather than being used in the centre of a three-man attack, as a so called “false nine”.
Antonio Conte opted for this last option against Barcelona on Tuesday, also because of fitness issues regarding Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.
However, while accepting the decision of the Italian coach, Hazard has said that he performs better when being given more opportunities to run with the ball on the flanks:
“To be honest, I like the role as a false nine. But in games like that against quality opposition like Barcelona, it’s difficult,” the Belgian forward admitted.
“You don’t get a lot of balls. I might have touched 25 balls that night and 15 of them were flying towards my head.
“That is not really playing to my qualities. I won some aerial duels against Gerard Pique, and that’s not bad.
Hazard has scored 15 goals from 29 starts and seven substitute outings in all competitions so far in this campaign.