Eden Hazard responds to Antonio Conte's food bans

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Antonio Conte was always expected to shake things up after Chelsea's catastrophic 2015/16 campaign.

However, not many of the Blues' stars would have second guessed that the former Juventus boss would implement such a stringent diet on them.

Only last week, it was revealed Conte had banned tomato ketchup, pizza and fizzy drinks from the club's canteen as part of his master plan to get his new players into shape for the upcoming campaign.

Of course, maintaining a healthy diet is a critical part of any modern professional footballer's lifestyle but there must have been a few eyebrows raised when Conte revealed they would even have to watch their condiment intake.

In contrast to most his teammates' aims to slim down, Conte has ordered Eden Hazard to bulk up for the new term after watching the Belgian's disappointing form during last year's Premier League.

The Italian judged Hazard to have lost possession too frequently and has now encouraged Chelsea's No.10 to improve his strength.

And when asked what he thought about Conte's unusual diet requests, the 25-year-old revealed what he thought was the main reason behind the notion.

“It’s his choice,” Hazard told the Evening Standard. “He’s Italian. I have a lot of friends who play in Italy and they tell me that they can’t eat a lot. But if we win games, maybe it’s because of the food!”

Whether it is because Conte is Italian or not, it would appear to have already taken some effect after Hazard showed glimpses of the form that earned him the PFA Player of the Season award for 2014/15 against West Ham on Monday.

He rifled home the opening goal from the penalty spot as Conte won his first game in charge 2-1, with a trim Diego Costa grabbing a late winner.

Hazard added that Chelsea want to send a message to their title rivals with a positive start to the new season.

He continued: “If you win the first few games all the other teams will see that and say you are ready for the Premier League.

“It scares them. If you don’t start well, you can still be champions at the end but it’s always better if you can win your first games."

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