Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes that playing Eden Hazard as a ‘false nine’ has given The Blues more defensive solidity.
Eden Hazard has had a direct hand in a league-high 19 goals in 18 league games this term, and his brace against Watford brought him to a century of goals at the club
Following the win at Watford, Sarri told Sky Sports of Hazard’s position: “In this moment we need this solution because we need to be more solid defensively and with this system we can score and become more solid in the defensive phase.
“Maybe in the last match, we played better in the first half than we did tonight, but today the application was very good.
“I think [Hazard] played very well, not only for his two goals, but he was good with his teammates and in open spaces. I like him in every position he is a great player.”
Speaking about the result, Sarri added: “I think we played a good match with a good level of determination and attention for 90 minutes.
We could have won with another result. we missed three or four good opportunities but I’m happy with the reaction.
“It was dangerous for us when they conceded, but we reacted well and we didn’t stop playing our football.”