Eden Hazard's brilliant hold-up play during Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Maurizio Sarri appears set on making Eden Hazard his 'false nine' at Chelsea.

It's an attacking system which paid dividends for the Italian manager during his time with Napoli, with Dries Mertens the man thriving in the role.

Despite Mertens' small stature - much like Hazard - Napoli were and still are one of the finest attacking teams in world football.

Sarri's style of sucking teams in and then breaking with speed means that a striker in the build of Mertens and Hazard is ideal.

However, the ability to hold-up the ball when needed is still sorely needed, especially in the Premier League.

Olivier Giroud is one of the best in the business at doing it and it seems Hazard may have been taking lessons from his teammate.

That's because the Belgian showed his brute strength while holding up the ball in the 2-1 win against Watford - a game in which he scored both goals.

A Hornets defender goes flying, with Hazard then using his exceptional close control to burst forward at pace.



No wonder Sarri wants to keep him in a central role.

The manager's focus now will be on signing wide players that can help with Hazard's workload going forward.

Hazard has contributed to 19 (10G 9A) of Chelsea's 37 goals so far in 2018/19 and it's clear that the Blues are too reliant on their Belgian superstar.

Hazard celebrates vs Watford

Chelsea's official Twitter account reporter from Sarri's post-match conference, with the manager comparing Hazard to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.



The tweet states: "Sarri says Hazard is very important to the team, as Messi is to Barcelona's and Ronaldo to Juventus's. He notes he scored two goals and also could have had three assists today."

After reading his statistics this season, it's hard to disagree with the Chelsea boss.

With the Belgian leading the line, the Blues have a very good chance of getting back into the Champions League.

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