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."

Read more on:    chelsea  |  english premiership  |  eden hazard  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 20 January 2018
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v West Bromwich Albion, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Watford, King Power Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth, London Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Manchester United, Turf Moor 17:00
Manchester City v Newcastle United, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
Monday, 22 January 2018
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.