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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri reveals why heandapos;s playing Eden Hazard as a andapos;false nineandapos;

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Maurizio Sarri likes to play Eden Hazard as Chelsea's 'false nine' for a better balance defensively.

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Chelsea's reliance on Hazard was evident again in Saturday's 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Hazard last season expressed frustration about being deployed as Chelsea's 'false nine' under Antonio Conte.

The 28-year-old Belgian created the decisive goal, scored brilliantly by Willian, who netted for just the third time in the league this season.

"We need to try and try and try in training.

"In the second half my feeling was that he enjoyed (it)," Sarri added.
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