Hazard questions Chelsea, Conte’s approach v Man City

Date published: Monday 5th March 2018 10:42

Eden Hazard admits Chelsea didn’t play “a good match” against Manchester City, and that their tactical approach may have been the cause.

Chelsea lost 1-0 to Manchester City on Sunday, but the scoreline fails to reflect the true dominance enjoyed by the Premier League leaders.

The Blues did not have a single shot on target all game, nor a shot of any description in the first half, as they ceded 71% possession to City.

Hazard started as a lone striker at the Etihad Stadium and did not have a shot nor create a chance in his 31 touches. The decision to start him as a striker was questioned in 16 Conclusions.

The Belgian says he “did my best” in the unfamiliar role, but feels that Chelsea might have stood a better chance had Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata started.

“I wouldn’t have got a touch even if we played for three hours, even if we improved in the last 10 or 15 minutes,” the Belgium international said after the match. “We were better with the ball, but we needed to do that during the whole match.

“For me personally, it’s hard to play well if you only get the ball three times. But, when we got the ball, we had to use it better – we made the wrong choices.

“I was trying to jump, but it’s not easy to win duels against Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte,” he said. “We didn’t play to our strengths today. If Morata or Giroud played, it would have been easier to play with long balls. I did my best.

“Conte put me up front, I tried to do my maximum, but I don’t think we played a good match.

“We have had opportunities against Barcelona, but nothing at all today.

“It was difficult, especially to get out of their pressing.

“If you have the ball, you immediately have three, four men on your skin. We also missed easy passes. We did not play a good game collectively, but we are going to work hard to do better next week.”

 

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