Antonio Conte has challenged Eden Hazard to regain and improve his form.
Conte, the former Italian national team coach and current Chelsea manager, believes that Hazard has the skill and intelligence to be mentioned in the same sentence with players such as Ronaldo and Messi.
Hazard led Chelsea to the Premier League Title in 2015 and was on a short list for players considered for the Ballon d’Or.
“I think Chelsea have players who can become top, top, top players,” said Conte on Sunday. “I think that these players can still improve a lot with work.”
Conte did not stop at Hazard, however. He believes the Chelsea team is full of top notch players.
“We have players, fantastic players, who have great talent but in this moment the world doesn’t think they are the same level as Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo or Paul Pogba,” claimed Conte. “But I think that in our squad there are players who, with work, can improve a lot and reach this level. I’m sure about this. It’s important the players understand this.
Conte, who played internationally for Italy, captained a Juventus side to five Serie A Titles and a UEFA Champions League Title, and received the Globe Best Coach of the Year award in 2013, believes that determination is the key to success.
“There is the ability to work, to prove and to show that, now I am a top player, but I want to become top, top, top player and I want to stay there,” explained Conte.