Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes that Eden Hazard performs much better when he plays off the striker instead of playing in a false nine position, as reported by Goal.

The Blues have struggled in recent weeks, losing their last two Premier League games against Bournemouth and Watford, in which Hazard has been used as a false nine with limited success.

Pressure is mounting on Antonio Conte and with a home game against West Brom to come this evening, nothing less than a win will do for Hazard and his men.

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Chelsea have struggled to cope with the loss of Diego Costa, who was sold to Atletico Madrid, whilst Alvaro Morata hasn’t really hit top form. This has forced Conte to play Hazard out of position at times, which is a cause for concern.

The former Blues player Zola thinks that his former club aren’t getting the best out of the Belgian attacker this season.

When Hazard plays deeper, it allows him to come off the pressure and run at players. It’s perfect for him.

He is very similar to what I was as a player. If I had to be the main striker and stay around the box, it would limit my possibilities, my strength. While if I had more space to go around and look for the ball, my game was much better.

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I’m sure having a main striker will help Hazard’s game. We saw in the last two games that Chelsea were not as good in the last 20 metres.

He continued and went on to add.

People who ask if he is affected by all of this, they don’t know Antonio very well.

I have known Antonio for years and in his career he has had tough moments, injuries, breakdowns and he has always came back fighting. Antonio doesn’t worry me.