Chelsea boss Antonio Conte deployed a shocking 3-4-3 formation against Barcelona on Tuesday night as he chose to not play a recognised striker but rather featured Eden Hazard as a false nine.
The Chelsea star has urged Conte not to play him in a false No.9 role when the Blues travel to Camp Nou for the second leg of the Champions League clash against Barcelona.
Hazard told reporters after the game on Tuesday: “To be honest, I like the role as a false 9. But in games like that against quality opposition like Barcelona, it’s difficult.
“You don’t get a lot of balls. I might have touched 25 balls that night and 15 of them were flying toward my head.
“That is not really playing to my qualities. I won some aerial duels against Gerard Pique, and that’s not bad.
“But if I had to choose, I prefer to play like I did in the last 10 minutes, which was out wide. But it’s the manager who has the final word. On the wing I feel more comfortable. That’s my place.”