Has Eden Hazard found his light under Antonio Conte?

Eden Hazard September 2016

Chelsea were in shambles last season and many football lovers could not believe the happenings at the club and to the die-hard fans of the Blues it was full of disappointment for them in a view of a club which was heralded few months ago for winning the title under same manager in Jose Mourinho.

The 2014/15 season was bright for Chelsea and one of the players whose name was lifted up among the winning team was Eden Hazard who was awarded the PFA Player of the year. In its subsequent season, there was a total unbelievable performance game-after-game by these same players putting the club as low as 17 positions just a point above the relegation
In addition, all expectation placed on Top man Eden Hazard materialised as the Belgian produced a below par and complancent performance all the season.

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Eden admitted to this by saying “We’d enjoyed all that success together last season, but this time round we hadn’t. I felt a little bit guilty because I’d been player of the year. I’d been one of the most decisive players, and this year I’d performed less well”.

“I hadn’t been at the same level. So I sent that text to José and he came back to me, wishing me all the best for the future.” He added.

In 2014/15 season the Belgium international netted 19 goals for Chelsea and five for his country making it 24 goals by a midfielder. However, this splendid performance dropped drastically in 2015/16 season where he scored just six goals in all competitions for both club and country.

This season has seen a different twist for Chelsea with Italian tactician Antonio Conte in the dugout masterminding the sweet wins of his side. A perfect 100% wins is observed in their first three League games played so far and Eden Hazard is now one of the key figures excelling in midfield for the Blues.

“He’s tried to give us confidence he knows players because he used to be one” Hazard told Chelsea TV just after inspiring Chelsea’s to a 3-0 win over Burnley on match day 3

“We had one bad season but we are trying to do better. He (Antonio Conte) tries to motivate us and we are giving everything. He told me to sometimes to go inside, sometimes to stay wide and open up the game. He wants me to score some goals and make a difference.” Eden added.

It looks like the missing feelings are restored back by Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard has also hit a top gear making the difference he been told to do in matches. Scoring two goals in four games played across all competitions for Chelsea is not a bad sign from a midfielder of his caliber and every Chelsea fan wants to see this joy wins to continue coming their way.

Though it is early days into the season, Eden Hazard can place himself back to the level he was in 2014/15 season if he keeps adjusting to the new tactical play his Italian manager offers.

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