According to UK media outfit Daily star, Eden Hazard is enjoying every bit of his new-found strike partnership with club-record Spanish striker, Alvaro Morata. The pair have been deployed to lead the Blues’ attack in recent matches; and while Morata seems to have experienced a slight dip in form following a hamstring injury, Hazard has underscored his incredible ability.
Speaking with reporters, he said: “He is a top striker. When good players play together, they do not need to train together for so long.” Comparing his partnership with him to the one he once had with ousted striker Diego Costa, now at Athletico Madrid, he said: “It’s good; now with Alvaro, and before with Diego as well. It’s good to have this player who is like a target man, so I have a good connection with him.”
Blues’ manager Antonio Conte has recently tweaked his famous 3-4-3 formation to something like a 3-5-2, with two strikers – Morata/Batshuayi and Hazard, all supported by a roaming quintet consisting mostly of Pedro, Alonso, Fabregas, Moses and Bakayoko. While Kante still battles to recover from an injury sustained while on international duty, ex-Torino player Davide Zappacosta has effectively deputized for the injured Victor Moses.
With two crunch games this week- one against AS Roma in the Champions’ league on Tuesday and a Sunday battle against bitter rivals Manchester United, it remains to be seen if Antonio will retain his Hazard-Morata partnership all through, of if he will once more give talismanic super-sub Michy Batshuayi a chance to impress against top opposition.