Maurizio Sarri has joined previous managers Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho in finding Eden Hazard a defensive liability on the wings.
The current Italian boss covered it up pretty well by saying Hazard is good as a number nine as it helps the team defensively but the overall summary of it would mean that Hazard in the wings is a defensive liability.
“I wanted to see the solution with three small players, I think in this moment it is a very good solution because we are not less dangerous in the offensive phase and then in the defensive phase we are more balanced. In the last six matches, we conceded only three goals and one was from a penalty. I think that at the moment, in the defensive phase, we are doing very well. One of the reasons I think, in my opinion, is that Eden is playing in that position.”
Hazard is perhaps Chelsea‘s best outlet into attack any day and special players like him should not carry the burden of defending as well when they can be so lethal in their day job. Sarri seems to have found the right balance for the team with Eden in number 9 position.