Eden Hazard cut a frustrated figure as Chelsea rolled over against Manchester City last Sunday.
The Belgian superstar was the furthest forward player Conte put onto the pitch, fielded as a false 9, but saw little of the ball as the Blues sauntered at the Etihad, seemingly content to avoid a thrashing.
He was simply not involved in the play, and even said that he could have played for three more hours and still not touched the ball.
Chelsea shared footage of Hazard on their Twitter account on Thursday, showing a promotional video that charted his career so far, and his journey from young player to Stamford Bridge talisman.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 8, 2018
The response from the Chelsea fans was pretty unanimous. They do not want him to play as a false nine again, and it is difficult to dispute that he influences the game more from wide areas.
We’ve taken a closer look at the best of the reaction…
Another false nine and he'll drive all the way to Madrid in that thing.
— Ish Buvas (@ish_buvas) March 8, 2018
Announce he’ll never play F9 again
— Remy Rae Sichinga (@Remyrae11) March 8, 2018
shooting videos will not stop him from being pissed at false 9
— Ronak ? (@ronak_cfc) March 8, 2018
Don’t ever play him as false 9.
— Frankiė (@LampardForever) March 8, 2018
— john lawrence odede (@eljay_odede) March 8, 2018
Antonio Conte please play him on the wing, PLEASE pic.twitter.com/ygVCu1sUJl
— Bradley Mazibuko (@Bradley_M27) March 8, 2018
Play him false 9 again and he’ll drive out
— iRepSM (@SmSellasie) March 8, 2018
He deserve better then F9
— Never give up blues (@dash_gadel) March 8, 2018