Hazard: Conte prepares us better than Mourinho

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard believes that current manager Antonio Conte prepares the players better tactically than Jose Mourinho did.

Conte has been heaped with praise since changing the Blues' formation to a 3-4-3 in September, which resulted in a record-equaling 13-game winning streak.

The west London outfit now lead the Premier League pack by a nine-point margin, and Hazard has pointed to Conte's attention to detail in the tactical preparations as an improvement over former boss Mourinho.

Hazard told Sky Sports: "Tactical training. We do more with Conte. We know exactly what to do on the pitch, where I have to go, the defenders [know] where they have to go. 

"With Mourinho it was just he put the system [in place], but we didn't work a lot [on it]. We know what to do because we play football, but maybe the automatism was a little bit different.

"With Mourinho in the first season, when we won the title, [Nemanja] Matic was behind me," he added. "Sometimes I stayed in front and Matic did the job. With Conte it's different — I close more inside because [Marcus] Alonso is there. I just need to be ready to counterattack when we get the ball."