Hazard hates ‘pointless’ defending under Conte

Date published: Tuesday 26th September 2017 1:08

Chelsea star Eden Hazard admits he doesn’t like defending and believes that too much of it limits his attacking prowess at the other end of the pitch.

The Belgium international is yet to start a match in the Premier League for the Blues this seaason after recovering from a broken ankle he sustained on international duty this summer.

The 26-year-old did start for the Blues in their 5-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and is close to starting in the league.

When asked what makes the perfect footballer in an interview, Hazard admits that he is less effective if he has been used to defend all game.

“You don’t need that [tracking back],” Hazard told France Football. “You can write that.

“Don’t tell Conte, but you can write that it’s pointless. If you defend too much, you tire yourself out.

“If I’ve spent the whole game defending, forget about me being useful after the 60th minute, and I’m quite fit.

“There are people who are meant to defend, while others are there to attack.

“After that, it’s up to the manager. If that’s what he wants, you need to do it, otherwise you sit on the bench.

“I defend too. I don’t like it, but I have to with Antonio [Conte].”

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