He Is a Great Player: Conte on Hazard

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Eden Hazard has returned to his best because of self-belief, said Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. The Belgian has returned to scintillating form under Conte, leading to the team to 7 points clear at the top of the table.

The forward has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season, including one against Bournemouth in a 3-1 win on Saturday.

This is after a terrible season last year, where he managed only 4 goals. After Conte took over though, the 26-year old has seemed unstoppable. The Italian has attributed this to his self-belief, calling the player ‘great’.

“He is a great player, a great talent and he must understand that he is a great player and never forget this.

“I am happy for Eden and he scored a good goal. He is doing a good job, good work during the game,” he said about the player’s performance in the game.

Conte has been credited with encouraging and developing young players, something his predecessor Jose Mourinho is not very famous for.

The former Juventus manager spoke about a coach’s role in player development, saying “I think that every coach’s real function is not only to win, but a good coach tries to improve the players and also tries to find the right way to work with them – tactical aspects and physical aspects – to show them the situation that they can improve.

“I think a good coach, a good manager, must do this, not only to win or to buy the best players in the world,” Sky Sports reported him as saying.


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