Antonio Conte has had to play Eden Hazard as a false striker a number of times this season.
The Chelsea manager tends to play Hazard in that role whenever Alvaro Morata is not available, and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola doesn’t think Hazard is cut out for that role as he believes Hazard flourishes when he comes back deep to get the ball and then take on defenders.
“When Hazard plays deeper, it allows him to come off the pressure and run at players. It’s perfect for him,” Zola told the Evening Standard.
“He is very similar to what I was as a player. If I had to be the main striker and stay around the box, it would limit my possibilities, my strength.
“While if I had more space to go around and look for the ball, my game was much better.
“I’m sure having a main striker will help Hazard’s game.
“We saw in the last two games that Chelsea were not as good in the last 20 metres.”