Hazard: I’ve improved under Conte

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Having returned to fitness in time to start against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea star Eden Hazard explained how he is thriving under Antonio Conte.

The No. 10 won plenty of silverware with Jose Mourinho, and was rated the best in the Premier League when they won the title, but says he has improved even more with the Italian.

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"Even after a week, I think I had progressed with him,” Hazard told SFR Sport. "But I think he's shown not just at Chelsea but also at Juve that he's a good coach and I think he has some good years ahead of him.

"There's a lot of tactics. It's not always nice as a forward as you have to run, defend and everything, but at least at the weekend, you know exactly what to do, you can even close your eyes and play. That's good.

"We work a lot. It's not always easy in training, there are a lot of hours of training, but it bears fruit on the pitch. We play well, we won last year. You can see that that's the key to success: work."

The Blues face Forest in an EFL Cup third-round clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and the Belgian winger could be ready to start after substitute appearances against Arsenal, Leicester, and Qarabag.