Are Antonio Conte's negative tactics helping Real Madrid land Hazard?

Hazard's Chelsea team-mate N'Golo Kante is the current holder, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer also picking up the award before. The Frenchman has been below par this season and he is likely to end up leaving as part of the squad revolution which Madrid are likely to undergo.

The Blues were outclassed, out-passed, out-scored and couldn't even manage a shot on target against Manchester City, with Antonio Conte opting to re-use the same formula that held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw. Not only is it far different from what the attacker is used to, but it's hard.

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His teammates were anxious by Hazard's words after the game, with his comments signalling that he is becoming frustrated playing in the false nine position in Chelsea's biggest games and believe he wants to play for a club that show ambition against Europe's best.

But he doesn't stop there.

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'That's a pity. We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn't [have been able to] touch a ball'. The problem is that 10-15 minutes didn't happen.

"I have no doubt that at the end of that game, as soon as he got on that coach or got home, he will have been right on the phone to his agent saying, 'get me out of here.' ". For me personally it's hard to play a good game, when you only touch the ball three times.

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The Blues put in an abject performance as Pep Guardiola's side registered an emphatic victory through a Bernardo Silva goal, which means they are able to secure the Premier League title with just four more wins as they are now 18 points clear. Expressing his frustration, the Belgian added that Chelsea's approach of playing long-balls backfired as he was completely outpowered by the strength of Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte. "We didn't play to our strengths today". If Giroud or Alvaro Morata would have played upfront, it would have been easier to play those long balls.