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Hazard praises Conte for giving him renewed confidence

Hazard praises Conte for giving him renewed confidence

- Eden Hazard says he lost his confidence last season under Jose Mourinho

- Chelsea finished 10th last season having won the title the previous year

- Hazard has been one of the best players this season as Chelsea top the table

Eden Hazard has praised Antonio Conte for helping recover his confidence after admitting he was “not good enough” last season.

Hazard praises Conte for giving him renewed confidence

Eden Hazard celebrates a goal

Hazard is a vital part of Chelsea’s title push, but struggled badly last term as the Blues finished 10th and Jose Mourinho lost his job.

The Belgium playmaker believes new boss Conte has brought back the belief within the Chelsea squad which has led to their surge up the table

He said: “Last season everyone knows I was not good enough. But you learn from your mistakes. I gave everything to come back and now I am in my level.

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“So I started this season well – fit, with no injuries and it is better to play when you are ready. I want to enjoy being on the pitch. So this is the key.

“It is always a difficult to come back after a bad season, but the boss changed something and tried to give us more confidence.”

Hazard praises Conte for giving him renewed confidence

Hazard and Mourinho last season

Hazard who has scored 10 goals in 28 appearances this season played his part as Chelsea defeated Wolves in the FA Cup this weekend.

Diego Costa and Pedro scored the goals that took the Blues to the quarter-final

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