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3 ways Thomas Tuchel could use Eden Hazard if Real Madrid star makes sensational Chelsea return

With rumours claiming that Chelsea have started 'informal talks' to re-sign former winger Eden Hazard from Real Madrid, it's unclear where he'd fit in Thomas Tuchel's team.

The 30-year-old winger left Chelsea in 2019 for almost £100 million, but his Real Madrid career is still yet to take off, with the tricky winger suffering from injuries on a frequent basis.

During his seven years at Chelsea, the Belgium international made over 350 games, but only 51 in the three years after moving to Spain. So, if Hazard returns to the Blues, how will he fit into Tuchel's system?

On the left flank

Hazard was at his best at Stamford Bridge when he's on the left flank. He played 210 of his 352 Chelsea games on the left wing, scoring over 120 goals in the process.

While this may be a perfect fit for the Belgian, it may not be the best fit for Tuchel. With wing-backs and two number 10s, the German tactician often deploys a 3-4-3 formation.

Tuchel may have to adjust the formation to accommodate Hazard on the left, but that isn't out of the question for a manager who is famed for his tactical changes.

Playing as a ten

Hazard's other option could be to play behind the striker. Two players, most frequently Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, play behind the forward, usually Romelu Lukaku, in Tuchel's 3-4-3 formation.

It's also not a position the ex-Chelsea man is unfamiliar with. During his time at Chelsea, he played there the second most of any position, only behind left-wing. He made 62 appearances in the role, and he'd be able to pull the strings in the middle once more.

As a striker.

Hazard could also be used as a false nine, which is something he did for the Blues at one point. He appeared in 47 games as a forward, scoring 17 goals and assisting on 17 occasions.

He might play ahead of Lukaku if the game circumstance favors his nimble style over his compatriot's hold-up play, or they could play off of one other to cause havoc for opposing defenses.

Hazard's comeback might help him rediscover his spark, and whether Tuchel changes his formation to accommodate him or his versatility fits what the Chelsea boss is trying to achieve, it could be a much-needed homecoming for the Belgian.

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