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Hazard must be more ruthless to reach Messi, Ronaldo levels - Conte

Hazard must be more ruthless to reach Messi, Ronaldo levels - Conte”

Gerrard believes that Hazard can not be compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but he feels that he still has the potential to be one of the world's best.

Even so, with Hazard back, Morata so quickly into the groove and Atletico beaten, the champions feel ready to tackle rampant City, top of the Premier League after six games, with 21 goals scored.

"If [Hazard] scores one goal, he's happy and then, if there is another situation, he prefers to make an assist rather than scoring twice", the boss explained.

Punching his fist while describing the hunger shown by Ronaldo and Messi, Conte added: "I see, for Ronaldo, that if he scores once he wants two, three, four". It's the same for Messi.

Conte said: "He has a style to improve in this specific situation".

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"Eden, in every game, he finds a way to be decisive, to score or to make an assist for a team-mate". My task is to try and push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game.

The two clubs clash at Stamford Bridge this weekend, with both in confident mood after fine starts to the season.

Conte, who could hand Hazard his first league start in the home game against Manchester City on Saturday, said the 26-year-old had a big chance to reiterate his importance to the team.

The Belgian has made just three substitute appearances in the league since returning from an ankle fracture sustained on global duty in June but impressed in the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid in midweek. I think this good competition is very important also, for him. But I think that, during the games, when you create - for example, at Atletico, he was important because he put the ball in for Alvaro to score our goal.

"Now I'm pleased because, after a bad injury, now he's fit. It's easy for me playing with him". I don't like selfish players. Yet Conte expects Hazard to declare himself available with the player eager to make his mark. And frankly, I'm quite exhausted of all this talk resurfacing every time Hazard has a great game. I like players who are used to thinking about the team and are used to thinking about "us", not "me". He's a player who loves to play football and enjoys playing football.



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