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Test for Conte and Hazard

With matches against Leicester City (EFL Cup), Liverpool and Arsenal (league) is Chelsea for the week of the truth.

Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard © REUTERS

Friday is the Liverpool of Jürgen Klopp to visit, next week Tuesday is the clash against Leicester City in the EFL Cup (formerly the League Cup) on the menu, and then follows a visit to Arsenal. A well-filled week for Chelsea, despite the fact that, for the first time in twenty years devoid of European football. A week in which Antonio Conte will become clear how far his team is. The beginning of the season – with games against West Ham, Burnley, Watford and Swansea City – not more than a warm-up. “In the coming weeks we will see if the players the philosophy of Conte’s well-digested”, says ex-Blues captain Marcel Desailly.

On the field chose the Italian, against the odds, for a 4-1-4-1-veldbezetting, with gain N’Golo Kanté as a buffer for the defence and Diego Costa deep in the spire. Nemanja Matic and Oscar have with their ability to walk on the midfield’s defensive work Eden Hazard to a minimum. The main victim is The Fàbregas, who are often from the bank must watch. The Spaniard came in 2014, on the recommendation of José Mourinho to Stamford Bridge and was one of the architects of the title. Last season he went along to the general malaise, but he remained under The Special One always on the field. Conte isn’t for back to him from the basiself to throw, and the figures give the coach are provisionally the same.

With the lastminutetransfers David Luiz , and left Marcos Alonso has Conte also his defensive strengthening bite. Captain John Terry, 35, are beginning to fear. With Alonso on the left and Cesar Azpilicueta to the right, move out, allowing the volatile Branislav Ivanovic , the bank will be allowed to search.

Of all Chelseaspelers underwent Hazard undoubtedly the greatest metamorphosis. It yielded him an immediate election to the Player of the Month in the Premier League. The contrast with last season explains our fellow countryman himself as follows: “I am always the same footballer remained, but Conte knows his players must treat, since he himself is active at the highest level.” A hidden sneer to Mourinho.

The love is mutual, because Conte is full of praise for Hazard: “He is a fantastic player. He has a lot of talent and I also know that he is a good boy. The important thing is that he himself wants to improve and that he is hard to want to work.’ The Italian warns at the same time: ‘these are important times for him. Last season belongs to the past, but you have it in your mind when the next difficult situation presents itself. From the past you can draw strength to continue.’

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