Eden Hazard is reportedly ready to quit Chelsea in favour of Real Madrid, due to Antonio Conte’s suicidal tactics.
The Belgian has been used as false nine in recent games by Conte. Despite having the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata in his ranks, the Italian has deployed Hazard as a centre-forward. This philosophy has been blasted by many experts as it limits his contribution in the game as evident against Manchester City.
The Chelsea gaffer has come under immense pressure as his team is languishing in fifth place. The Defending champions failed to cause any kind of threat to Guardiola’s City who continues to cruise towards the league title. Meanwhile, Eden Hazard who is a celebrated wide man has been left frustrated due to Conte’s tactics. Which in turn could prompt him to switch to Real Madrid, as suggested by TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino.
Frustrated Hazard wants Real Madrid move – Cascarino
Hazard started in the false striker role against Barcelona in the Champions League and had virtually no influence on the game. He’s a winger, a ballplayer who likes to have to drift inside from wide positions. His natural game is not like a striker and therefore he has not been at his best whenever played as a striker.
In his attempts to protect Giroud and Morata, Conte is killing Hazard. The 27-year-old is clearly their creator in chief but has appeared toothless when deployed as a false nine. And if things don’t change soon, then he may even quit Chelsea. Speaking to The Times, Tony Cascarino shed further light on the Hazard-Real Madrid saga.
“We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn’t touch the ball."
– Eden Hazard on playing Manchester City. ? pic.twitter.com/d8ewceCXRG
— PurelyFootball UK (@PurelyFootball) March 5, 2018
“The biggest damage that Antonio Conte is doing to Chelsea by asking his team to play conservatively, is that the flair players will want out. If Eden Hazard has the ambition to be the best player in the world — which he does — then there is no way he will stay if you’re asking him to play like a League One forward; that’s the consequence of playing in that defensive style,” said Cascarino.
He further added,”Yes, the ugly side of the game is needed, and Manchester City’s midfielders are asked to work hard, but their overall emphasis is on attacking football, whereas Hazard will come off the pitch thinking: ‘What chance have I got to show what I can do?” Indeed, Chelsea’s recent defeat to City was a shambolic display by the Blues.
If they continue losing games and miss out on a Champions League berth, then holding onto the Belgian will be mission impossible. Adding to Hazard’s potential switch to Spain, Cascarino said,”Hazard’s idol is Zinedine Zidane. If Conte remains Chelsea manager, why would Hazard stay if Real Madrid comes calling?”
I hate to admit it, but for me, Conte’s tactics have been horribly wrong. He’s sacrificing their most lethal player and that too in the most important games of the season. As rumors of a Real Madrid move fail to settle down, Chelsea may well lose their talisman if they finish out of the top four this term.