Premier League 2017-18: Eden Hazard talks about Antonio Conte's influence

Hazard believes he has progressed under the Italian a lot

Premier League 2017-18: Eden Hazard talks about Antonio Conte's influence

Eden Hazard

Hazard during a training session (Getty)

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has now taken a hit at his former manager Jose Mourinho and has suggested that he is confident that the Blues will retain their title this season, with Antonio Conte in charge. The Belgian international believes that the champions of England can play with their “with their eyes closed”, under the management of the Italian coach.

The attacker also insisted that he improved after working a week with Conte, after spending a couple of years with the former Real Madrid boss, prior to that. “There’s a lot of tactics. It’s not always nice as a forward as you have to run, defend and everything, but at least at the weekend, you know exactly what to do, you can even close your eyes and play. That’s good.

“We work a lot. It’s not always easy in training, there are a lot of hours of training, but it bears fruit on the pitch. We play well, we won last year. You can see that that’s the key to success: work.”

The 26-year-old winger further added that the understanding is really good between the current squad and they have a telepathic connection now, with things heading in the right direction. The player has full faith in the tactics that the former Italy and Juventus manager does employ at the club and feels that they are exactly what the team needs and will help them win more. He was asked as to does Conte's sessions help improve the players’ tactical understanding, and he said: “You have to. Even after a week I think I had progressed with him.

“But I think he’s shown not just at Chelsea but also at Juve that he’s a good coach and I think he has some good years ahead of him.”

After not the best of performances in pre-season, the west London outfit have now slowly recovered with four wins out of their last five matches, including the draw with Arsenal this weekend. Things are going uphill for the Londoners and they are right there in the race to defend their league title this season.

The playmaker made his return to action in the game against the Gunners, as he came on as a second-half substitute, though there were no goals in the game. The former Lille man, who has lifted quite a few titles (two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the Europa League) with the English giants, is confident that there is more to come, in the days to follow.

With a lot of speculation going around about his future at Stamford Bridge, this could be a sign that the player might be going nowhere anytime soon and is and will be a loyal player of Chelsea FC.

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