Date: 24th March 2018 at 9:31am
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This season, when Antonio Conte has found his options to be limited, the Italian has decided to play Eden Hazard as a false number nine.

But, perhaps we should also mention Conte has also chosen this option when the likes of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have been available, with the trip to the Etihad Stadium, to take on Manchester City, being a game that instantly springs to mind.

But, is it a ploy that works?

Has it been a tactic that has produced results?

Two questions you`ll have your own opinions on.

As for the player himself, I`d suggest his own body language indicated, against Manchester City, it wasn`t a role he really relished with the ball often by-passing him with the frustration being clearly visible as he pleaded for better service.

With the international break now in full flow, Eden is with the Belgian camp, looking forward to the forthcoming World Cup, a tournament the Belgian side have an outside chance of winning.

With Hazard under his command, the Belgian manager, Roberto Martinez, has aired his thoughts on the trait of playing Eden in the false number nine position, with the former Everton boss insistent that it is not something he believes gets the best out of the player, with Martinez remarking,

‘Eden is not a false nine, for me.

‘At Chelsea, that can work with guys like Pedro around him, but with us we still have Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, even Dries Mertens can play there.”


But what are your views on the subject matter?

Does playing Eden Hazard as a false number nine work for Chelsea, or are his talents better used in the wide areas of the pitch?

Please feel free to leave your views in the comments facility beneath this article.