EPL: Hazard not a false nine – Martinez

Posted on Mar 20 2018 - 11:17am by admin

Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez, has accused Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte of not using Eden Hazard in the right positions.

Conte has been deploying Hazard as a false nine, rather than in his preferred position on the wing.

After the recent defeat to Manchester City in which he was used as false nine, unsatisfied Hazard questioned the approach.

He had said, “For me personally, it’s hard to play well if you only get the ball three times.”

Agreeing with Hazard’s position, his national team manager, Martinez, said, “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.

“I’m not going to put Hazard there.”

Martinez said this ahead of Belgium’s friendly against Saudi Arabia next week.

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