Chelsea’s defence of the Premier League title they won in 2017 has been less than impressive. Antonio Conte’s side currently sit in fifth in the table – 27 points adrift of new champions Manchester City – and face the prospect of missing out on Champions League football.
Much of the criticism for this subpar season has fallen at the feet of talisman Eden Hazard. Conte has, at times, deployed his Belgian star in a more central position this season and when the Three Minute Myths team asked Blues fans whether that new role had helped or hindered Hazard’s performances, most seemed convinced that it was the latter.
So we put that theory to the data. Has the Chelsea No.10’s output indeed been restricted by having to play centrally, perhaps with less space that he had during the Blues’ title-winning campaign?
Our data scientists examined Hazard’s numbers, and, as ever in this data-driven myth-busting web-series, the results may surprise you…