Hazard is no false nine “Chelsea urged to tweak tactics by Zola” Chelsea are doing themselves few supports by utilizing Eden Hazard as a false nine, says Gianfranco Zola, with Antonio Conte expecting to play a main striker.
The supreme Premier League champions have hit a wobble generally, with consecutive annihilations against Bournemouth and Watford seeing awkward inquiries asked of all concerned.
A significant part of the feedback and weight has been heaped on Antonio Conte, with the Italian mentor confronting extraordinary hypothesis in regards to his future.
He has, nonetheless, been compelled to battle with awful wounds, for example, one to £70 million frontman Alvaro Morata, and change his strategic approach as needs be.
Zola, however, trusts that the wrong call has been made with Belgian playmaker Hazard, with the Blues legend telling the Evening Standard: “When Hazard plays further, it enables him to fall off the weight and keep running at players. It’s ideal for him.
“He is fundamentally the same as what I was as a player. On the off chance that I must be the fundamental striker and remain around the case, it would restrict my conceivable outcomes, my quality. While in the event that I had more space to go around and search for the ball, my diversion was vastly improved.
“I’m certain having a fundamental striker will help Hazard’s amusement. We found in the last two recreations that Chelsea were not as great in the last 20 meters.”
Chelsea could get France global Olivier Giroud from Arsenal amid the winter exchange window, so they do have the choice of handling an unmitigated striker.
Conte must choose whether that is the approach against West Brom on Monday, with a man Zola knows well from his playing days tipped to get things right and get through a testing period.
“Individuals who inquire as to whether he is influenced by the greater part of this, they don’t know Antonio exceptionally well,” said Zola.
“I have known Antonio for a considerable length of time and in his vocation he has had extreme minutes, wounds, breakdowns and he has dependably returned battling. Antonio doesn’t stress me.
“It is troublesome for each supervisor, we live for comes about. At the point when things don’t go well we endure. In any case, Antonio is a chief who has experienced periods like this and leave it extremely well. I’m certain he can adapt.
“Antonio has appeared amid his spell in England that he merits individuals to be persistent with him. He merits it for what he has improved the situation this group.”
Zola additionally trusts that Conte can enable Chelsea to appreciate a beneficial end to the 2017-18 to crusade, with significant flatware still accessible and a best four complete to be secured.
He included: “Rivalry has developed and Chelsea are not as solid.
“They are not playing too or scoring the same number of objectives as they’re utilized to.
“They have had some damage issues as of late – they miss Alvaro Morata a considerable measure and Olivier Giroud has just barely arrived. Yet, Chelsea are as yet playing for the FA Cup, Champions League and they’re not far from the main four in the Premier League. It can even now end positively.”