Chelsea fans were surprised when they once again played Eden Hazard as a false nine against Manchester City – and the player himself looked unimpressed.
He made it very clear that he wanted more of the ball, and asking him to head things when he’s half the size of Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud just seemed to annoy him more – and it was a feature of the first half against City.
Chelsea were woeful, but with two strikers on the bench it was surprising to see Hazard deployed in that position – and while it worked to an extent against Barcelona, this time it was not something Antonio Conte was getting praised for.
In fact, the majority of people were questioning the manager and admitting they understood why Hazard was so unimpressed – adding that the player may well decide to leave for Real Madrid and performances like this would push him over the edge.
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How fucking wasted is Hazard in the number 9 role against teams that dominate possession
— Brandon (@8BrandonHarris8) March 4, 2018
Honestly, if we have to play Willian and Pedro to fill out the midfield, I’d genuinely rather just see Hazard not start if he can’t do that.
— Fredinho 🇲🇦 (@AourarhFA) March 4, 2018
I don’t know why Conte doesn’t want Hazard to be involved in this game. I mean how can you have a player like Hazard and keep him in a position where he’s so isolated from the ball and somehow you expect him to perform magic to win the game for you
— Dream (@Dr_reamy) March 4, 2018
Hazard is just ghosting on the pitch.. #MCICHE
— Abiona Adewale 🇳🇬 (@sirwalexy) March 4, 2018
Watching Hazard as an isolated, angry, false nine upsets me
— Quirky Miniboss Squad (@Mike_Calliste) March 4, 2018
— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) March 4, 2018
Hazard is actually angry, never seen him like this
— BiIIy (@COYBiIIy) March 4, 2018
Two kinds of religious fight fans: The kind who don’t stream because it would anger the Lord, and those who do stream bc They think God would be more angry if they paid $65 for a shitty PPV.
— Merk (@MarkHazard3) March 4, 2018
Feel bad for Hazard. Can clearly see he’s frustrated. Forced to play in a false 9 position because Conte doesn’t have much faith in Morata/Giroud. Would he surprised if he stays past this season.
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) March 4, 2018
Kante is sick.
Drinkwater & Fabregas in midfield.
Morata & Giroud on the bench.
Hazard starts as false 9.
Conte is growing in madness.
I just hope we don’t get Arsenalized pic.twitter.com/nbVtQ08IwF
— Elvis Tunde (@Tunnyking) March 4, 2018
Every time I see Hazard get angry I get scared about Hazard leaving
— Callum Orpin (@CallumOrpin) March 4, 2018