It hasn't taken Eden Hazard long to get back to his best under Antonio Conte.
The Belgian's poor form was one of Chelsea's biggest problems last season as they stumbled to a lacklustre 10th-placed finish. Fast forward a few months and the 25-year-old is helping them challenge for the title again.
Something clearly went badly wrong under Jose Mourinho. Hazard picked up a little after Christmas once the Special One had been fired, but he still never looked close to the player that won PFA Player of the Year two years ago.
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Under Conte, though he's now scored three goals in as many games, compared to the four he managed in the whole of last season.
It goes without saying that the new manager's arrival has done him the world of good, but the humble Italian believes there's a bit more to it than that.
When asked about the reasons for Hazard's revival, Conte told reporters, via Goal.com:
“I think that Eden is playing now more close to the goal.
“He's participating more in offensive situations. I think it's better for him, this type of situation, which sees him staying in a position where he can finish easier compared to in the past.
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“For this reason, I think and I want Eden to continue in this way. We know his talent. He's a fantastic player. Also, I found a player who is working very well without the ball, working very well with the team."
You know you're having a good season when you start being compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. OK, so Hazard isn't quite in that league yet, but many are already suggesting he could be one day if he continues getting better and better.
“Who knows? [if he can reach Ronaldo or Messi’s level]", Conte added.
"We all know the great talent of Eden. I think he must continue to work and to improve his talent, but in this moment he's putting his talent, putting himself, in the team.
“I know Eden is a player with a great talent. A great player. I knew him against the national team very well, because we played a friendly game against Belgium and also in the European Championship.
"Now I'm pleased to see him every day and, above all, to have him in my team.”
Is Hazard anywhere near Ronaldo and Messi's level? Will he be one day? Have your say in the comments.
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