Antonio Conte admitted his delight at seeing Eden Hazard again play a key role for Chelsea.

The Belgian playmaker was deployed at the centre of a front three alongside Willian and Pedro for Chelsea‘s Boxing Day clash with AFC Bournemouth.

Diego Costa‘s suspension forced Conte to make a change to the attack in his 3-4-3 and it worked a treat as Pedro and Hazard were both on the scoresheet in their 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard’s performance as a central striker prompted words of praise from Conte after the match, which was Chelsea‘s 12th-straight Premier League win.

I knew Eden only as an opponent [before coming to Chelsea], above all for his national team,” he said.

“I watched him a lot of times on TV and I’m not surprised. He has great talent. The most important thing is he is putting his talent in the team.

“It’s fantastic for me to see the great job he is doing with the ball, and above all without the ball. I hope to continue to improve him in his way.

“Eden, Pedro and Willian all played really well. After the Crystal Palace game, I said we had a week to work to find the right solution and play for the first time without Diego and Kante this season.

“After a week of work, I decided to choose this solution, with Eden as a forward. I’m pleased for the performance of these players.”