“I do not like playing as a false No 9” – Hazard opens up

Chelsea ace, Eden Hazard, has urged the club coach, Antonio Conte not to play him in a false No. 9 role when the Blues travel to Camp Nou in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona.

The Belgium international played as a false No.9 until when Alvaro Morata came off the bench later on at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old, however, wants to be back on the wing when the Premier League champions return to Barcelona for the second leg.

Hazard told reporters: “To be honest, I like the role as a false 9. But in games like that against quality opposition like Barcelona, it’s difficult.

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“You don’t get a lot of balls. I might have touched 25 balls that night and 15 of them were flying toward my head.

“That is not really playing to my qualities. I won some aerial duels against Gerard Pique, and that’s not bad.

“But if I had to choose, I prefer to play like I did in the last 10 minutes, which was out wide. But it’s the manager who has the final word. On the wing I feel more comfortable. That’s my place.”

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