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Hazard left frustrated by his lack of involvement in defeat to City

Eden Hazard felt an isolated figure as Chelsea slumped to a dismal defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.

The Belgian made no impact as he was deployed as a false nine by manager Antonio Conte.

It worked with some success in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League last month but it backfired at the Etihad, where the 1-0 scoreline flattered the visitors.

A defensive-minded Chelsea failed to muster a shot on target and had only 29 per cent possession as they went down to Bernardo Silva's 46th-minute strike.

Hazard, whose miserable afternoon was ended when he was substituted in the 89th minute, said: "When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you've ran, but that you haven't played a game of football. That's a pity. We could have played on for three hours and I wouldn't have touched a ball. Only at the end it went better. In the last 10-15 minutes we had more possession but we should have tried to do that all game."

Hazard is unsure if Conte is likely to use him to perform a similar role again in future.

The 27-year-old said: "I don't know. When the manager plays me up front I give everything. But we haven't played a good game and for me it's difficult when you only touch the ball three times.

"I think that when we had the ball we should have done better. We had a few situations where we could create something but we didn't. If we'd taken these opportunities, we could maybe have scored."

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