Eden Hazard has hailed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as a great guy after Monday night’s 2-1 win at West Ham United.
The Belgium international scored his 11th goal of the 2016-17 Premier League season to break the deadlock in the 25th minute of the London derby.
Hazard received possession from N’Golo Kante before he played a crisp one-two with Pedro Rodriguez which set the 2015 PFA player of the year free with the West Ham goalkeeper to beat.
The former Lille man maintained his composure as he rounded the Republic of Ireland shot stopper and rolled the ball into the vacated net to make the breakthrough in style.
The Chelsea number 10 proved a constant thorn in West Ham’s side as Diego Costa extended the visitors’ lead before the Hammers netted a consolation goal in added time.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the influence of Conte on the Chelsea players, Hazard said:
“It’s easier for me to play more inside now and link up. Last season I was more out wide and there I am sometimes alone, against two guys.
“Antonio Conte is a great character and he helps us a lot.”
Chelsea are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.