Eden Hazard speaks out against Antonio Conte’s tactics against Man City

2018-03-05 12:38:18

Eden Hazard appears to have criticised manager Anton Conte's tactics by saying he felt isolated in Sunday's dismal defeat at Manchester City .

The Belgian made no impact as he was deployed as a false nine by the Blues boss,

It was a tactic that worked with some success in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League last month, but it backfired at the Etihad Stadium, where the 1-0 scoreline flattered the visitors.

A defensive-minded Chelsea failed to muster a shot on target, and had only 29 per cent possession, as they went down to Bernardo Silva's 46th-minute strike.

Chelsea's game plan against City was widely criticised by pundits, with former Tottenham and Liverpool midfeidler Jamie Redknapp branding Conte's tactics 'a crime against football'.

And it appears Hazard, whose miserable afternoon ended when he was substituted in the 89th minute, was also not a fan.

The Belgian ace said: "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."

Hazard is unsure if Conte is likely to use him to perform a similar role again in future.

The 27-year-old added: "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.

"I think that when we had the ball we should have done better, we made some bad decisions too.

"There weren't a lot of opportunities. We had a few situations where we could possibly create something but we didn't. If we'd taken these opportunities, we could maybe have scored a goal.

"But we played against Man City. It's difficult."

READ MORE - Former Chelsea striker cliams: ‘If Conte stays, Hazard will force Stamford Bridge exit’

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