English Premiership

Hazard: I have more freedom

2016-11-07 22:06
Eden Hazard (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard is enjoying the extra freedom to express himself that he's been given by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's new system.

The Belgian endured a massive slump in form last season, during which he failed to find the back of the net until April 23, but under Conte and his new 3-4-3 formation the forward has flourished.

The Blues thrashed Everton 5-0 on Saturday and Hazard led the charge with a brace of goals to take his tally for the season up to seven from 14 games in all competitions.

Hazard believes the extra freedom he is afforded under the Italian mentor has helped him get into more scoring positions.

"It doesn't change a lot - I just have a bit more freedom when we have the ball and without the ball," the Belgium international told ESPNFC.

"I don't need to defend the right-back because (Marcos) Alonso is there.

"I just focus on staying in my position and when I have the ball I have more freedom - I can go where I want and be decisive.

"I try to shoot (more). People talk to me and say, 'You don't shoot enough.'

"Now I try to shoot a lot because if you don't shoot you can't score. I don't know if the ball will go in but I have more chance if I shoot. This is my job."

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