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I Am Now A More Rounded Player Under Conte Than Mourinho – Hazard

The Belgium captain and Chelsea forward, Eden Hazard believes he is a much better player in 2017 than in 2015 when he helped Chelsea to the title in 2014-15 season

Under Antonio Conte, Hazard has regained his form after he was below par last season in Chelsea’s worst defence season.

He scored a solo goal in the 3-1 win over Arsenal and believes he is better than the season he won the league’s best player by the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ Association.

Asked if he is now a more rounded player, he said: “Yes, maybe. With experience you get more. I think I’m a better player. But I think we are in better form as a team. It’s not just me.

“A couple of years ago I was on fire. Maybe I can score more goals this season. We have a lot of games to play, we will see.

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“I try to be this kind of player that when I get the ball I do something. From the moment I get the ball, I try to do something.

“Sometimes in the past, I don’t touch the ball for 20-30 minutes. But now I try to touch the ball all the time and play my football for my team-mates.

“The manager asks a lot of me. A lot. When we don’t have the ball, he wants me to defend, to close inside and be ready to chase the diagonal [pass], and when we do have it I have to counterattack and be free, always trying to do some ‘magic’ like I did here.

“We all enjoyed this game. It’s always good to score this kind of beautiful goal in a big game, and this was a big game.”

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