Eden Hazard wants to impress Conte
Eden Hazard is quoted by Football Italia as saying in a press conference that he is hoping he can impress his new club boss Antonio Conte when his Belgium side meet Italy later in their Euro 2016 opener.
Hazard is the Belgium captain for the tournament in the absence of Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, who has been ruled out of the competition following a number of muscular injuries.
The Chelsea winger will lead the Belgian Red Devils out in their Euro 2016 clash tonight in Lyon against Italy, who are managed by soon-to-be Blues boss Conte.
Conte is set to takeover at Chelsea
And Hazard is hoping he can make a good impression on his new manager.
“I can’t wait for tomorrow night to get started,” said the Chelsea midfielder in a press conference and as quoted by Football Italia.
“It is a great competition, being played in my second home country, so I am impatient to get going. This is the moment that our country has been waiting for.
Hazard for Belgium
“We saw already that the big teams had some tough matches to start with, but we’ll give our best. Our team has quality and we must create as many scoring opportunities as possible.
“I am happy to play against my future Coach and hope to show he can count on me. We aim to reach the Final, it won’t be easy, but we’ll take it one game at a time.”
Hazard has had a hugely disappointing season for Chelsea, epitomising the former champions’ struggle to make any sort of title defence.
Belgium face Italy later on tonight
The Blues limply handed over the title to Leicester City, as they finished the season in ninth place after a mini resurgence under interim coach Guus Hiddink.
And former PFA Player of the Year Hazard, who only managed to score four goals in 31 appearances¸will be hoping to put his domestic disappointments behind him in order to guide Belgium’s Golden Generation to Euro 2016 glory.