Antonio Conte has urged Eden Hazard to become a more of a “killer” in games like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to ensure he develops into the best player in the world.

Hazard was handed just his second start of the season on Wednesday against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and went on to create Alvaro Morata’s goal which proved the inspiration for the Blues to secure a comeback 2-1 win at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Now fully fit again following ankle surgery, Conte hinted he will start Hazard for the first time in the Premier League when Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday.

And ahead of the clash of the title rivals in west London, Conte admitted Hazard has the chance this season to show why he is rated as one of the best players in the world but said he must continue to improve to bypass the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.

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When asked whether Hazard should be more ruthless in games, Conte told reporters on Friday: “Yeah but Eden, in every game, finds a way to be decisive during a game.

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“I love this from him. I ask this of him. If God gives you this talent, you must exploit this talent. 

“My task is sometimes to try and push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game.

“Eden for sure is a top player. I think in this season he has a big opportunity. Because, this season we play in the Champions League. 

“I think the Champions League, together with the Premier League, is important for a player to show you are a top player and can compete to be the best. This season is very important for Eden. 

“I’m pleased because after a bad injury he’s fit. He’s in good form. His season is starting. I think this season has started for him with a big game against Atletico Madrid, and now he has to show this season that he deserves to stay at the top with the best.”

When then asked specifically about Hazard’s unselfish nature, Conte replied: “If he scores one goal, he’s happy and then, if there is another situation, he prefers to make an assist rather than scoring twice. I see, for Ronaldo, that if he scores once he wants two, three, four. It’s the same for Messi. 

“Yes, he can improve. At Atletico, he was important because he put the ball in for Alvaro to score our goal… It’s very important that he is important in every game for us, to make chances, to score or to provide assists for our players. Very important.”

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