Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has accused Antonio Conte for playing Eden Hazard in wrong positions, reports the Metro.
Hazard enjoyed an impressive season last year when he helped the Blues win the premier league title, starring as a winger.
However, when Diego Costa was dropped and subsequently sold by the Blues, Spain international Alvaro Morata joined as his replacement at Stamford bridge.
Morata had a good start to life in London; banging in goals for Chelsea, but the 24-year old who doesn’t posses that sort of fear-factor that Costa possesses, suffered a dip in form later on and his manager asked Belgian superstar – to fill in the role as a ‘false nine’.
After the recent defeat to Manchester City in which Hazard was used in the position, Hazard himself appeared to question the approach. He said: ‘For me personally, it’s hard to play well if you only get the ball three times.’
Ahead of Belgium’s friendly against Saudi Arabia next week.
Martinez agrees that Conte is not utilising Hazard in his best position.
‘Eden is not a false nine, for me. At Chelsea, that can work with guys like Pedro around him, but with us we still have Romelu [Lukaku], Michy [Batshuayi], even Dries [Mertens] can play there.
‘I’m not going to put Hazard there.’
Martinez who won the FA Cup as a manager at Wigan also used the opportunity to speak highly of Romelu Lukaku’s maturity in the game.
‘Lukaku’s form is very good. He was impressive against Liverpool. He is showing maturity. It’s good to see him perform at such a high level,’ he said.
Belgium host Saudi Arabia in an international friendly at Boudewijnstadion on March 27, 20:45.