English Premiership

Conte praises 'complete' Hazard

Eden Hazard (Getty Images)
Eden Hazard (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is delighted with playmaker Eden Hazard's level of involvement in the game both on and off the ball.

Hazard was one of the key players in Chelsea's 2014/15 title-winning season and his lack of form last term undeniably contributed to the west London club's struggles in the last campaign.

His has returned to his scintillating best in recent months and Conte was full of praise for his star man in the lead up to their Premier League encounter against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

"I like to see my players always involved in the project, in the idea of football. You can see Eden is always involved in the game, not calm and off during the game," he said.

"He's always a point of reference for his team-mates. I think he's fantastic. If you want to pass the ball, he's always in the right position to receive.

"To be a complete player you must do both phases, with the ball and without the ball. Eden is doing this and it's fantastic.

"When we have the ball you can see that he can have freedom, but always to respect the other roles and the other two strikers, (Diego) Costa and Pedro.

"For this reason always there is a rotation of these three strikers.

"In this system, Eden is working a lot without the ball, but in a position more ahead than before. And for him it's better."

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