Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard has revealed that Eden Hazard constituted a problem in training mid-way this season but Antonio Conte responded accordingly and dealt with the situation immediately
and helped bring out the best in the Belgian international.
The Blues missed the chance to claim double silverware as they were defeated by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday as goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey either half of the game secured a
record 13th FA Cup the club and seventh for Arsene Wenger.
Hazard struggled to make an impact in the match and Lampard has now claimed the player was becoming difficult in training but the disciplinarian Italian manager was quick to deal with it “with an iron fist”.
“Antonio Conte took on a team in a bad place and there were a few individuals who had their worst seasons in Chelsea shirts and he fixed it,” Lampard told the BBC via Metro.
“Mid-season there were rumours that Eden Hazard was being a bit difficult on the training field but Conte dealt with it immediately.”
“He came down on it with an iron fist and then he put an arm around him and that has brought the best out in him.”
The midfielder endured a difficult period under Jose Mourinho last season but has been back to his best since the arrival of Conte last summer and he netted 16 goals and provided 5 assists as the Blues won
the Premier League title, setting a new record of 30 league wins in a season.