April 10, 2017

Conte: Belief The Key For Hazard  (Sky Sports)

Eden HazardChelsea boss Antonio Conte says restoring Eden Hazard's self-belief has been the key to getting the Belgian back to his best form.

Hazard attracted much criticism last season and went almost an entire year without scoring a Premier League goal.

However, he has been rejuvenated under Conte and his goal in Saturday's 3-1 win at Bournemouth was his 14th this term.

"He is a great player, a great talent and he must understand that he is a great player and never forget this," said Conte, whose side are seven points clear at the top of the table.

"I am happy for Eden and he scored a good goal. He is doing a good job, good work during the game,

"I think that every coach's real function is not only to win, but a good coach tries to improve the players and also tries to find the right way to work with them - tactical aspects and physical aspects - to show them the situation that they can improve.

"I think a good coach, a good manager, must do this, not only to win or to buy the best players in the world."

The victory at Bournemouth took Chelsea a step closer to winning the title in Conte's first season at the helm.

Next up he faces his predecessor Jose Mourinho for the third time this season.

Chelsea will head to Old Trafford to take on Mourinho's Manchester United side having thrashed them 4-0 earlier in the campaign at Stamford Bridge, where they also knocked them out of the FA Cup.

Conte said: "I think Manchester United for sure will have good motivation because they are playing against Chelsea. Every team will want to beat us.

"It is important in every game to try to take three points and this game will be very tough.

"We are in good form, the players have the right confidence and then we want to try to win but in the same way that United will try to win."

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