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Chelsea star criticises Conte for playing Hazard as striker

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been heavily criticised for playing his star attacker Eden Hazard as a centre forward this season, with even the player himself himself admitting publicly that he dislikes the role.

The Stamford Bridge club’s £19 million January signing striker Olivier Giroud has now revealed that he also thinks playing his Belgium international team-mate as a number nine is a mistake, and also admitted that he only sees Alvaro Morata as competition for a spot up front in the Blues starting XI.

“For me, the competition is with Morata,” 

“We can be made to play with Eden up front but it is very rare and it really hasn’t borne fruit.” He said.

France international Giroud has only managed to find the net once since his move from Arsenal, although he has linked well with Chelsea’s other attacking players like Willian and Hazard at times.

The Blues face Spurs next Sunday in a crunch encounter in the race for the top four, and the 31-year-old striker would surely love to score against Mauricio Pochettino’s men considering his Arsenal connections.

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