Chelsea star Eden Hazard has had a minor love-in with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of their Premier League match – which you can hear live on talkSPORT.
The Belgian attacker praised the play of their next opponents while the City boss thanked the player for his view and lauded his abilities on the pitch.
Speaking to Belgian broadcaster Play Sports ahead of match, Hazard said: “City are all about team play. You can see a lot of movement from them.
“That creates spaces, they get their crosses in, and I think they have more answers that way.
“They also create more chances, and score more goals. But it’s true they don’t have an Eden Hazard. That is the difference!”
Hazard also suggested the one thing they were missing was himself but Guardiola quickly shot down any rumours a deal could happen in the future.
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“That is not going to happen,” said the City manager. “I am agreeing with him. He said I’m so good and I am agreeing with him.
“Switch on the TV and look at him. You realise his qualities. He is one of the best players in the world.”
But how could the Manchester City look if they had Hazard in their ranks? talkSPORT.com takes a look at some possible formations.
Manchester City 4-1-4-1
This is currently Guardiola’s favoured formation at the moment with Fernandinho holding, the two Silvas as No.8s and wingers moving inside the box.
In this XI, it’s likely Hazard would take the role of Leroy Sane, which is pretty much his position at Chelsea.
There’s no doubt the Belgian star could really up his tallies for goals and assists with the space and creativity he would find thanks to the runs of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
Manchester City 4-1-2-1-2
In games where teams might be tough to break down, you’re likely to see Guardiola’s stars pack into a narrow midfield with the full-backs bombing on to support.
This would allow Hazard to drift across the pitch as an out-and-out No.10 with the two Silvas making moves alongside him and the two forwards, attempting to displace defenders and create space ahead of him.
It’s a role the Belgian has played before and at City it’s likely he would create a lot of chances in a talented triumvirate behind the front two.
Manchester City 3-1-4-2
Guardiola keeps toying with using a back-three which makes a lot of sense given the lack of depth at left-back in the wake of another Benjamin Mendy injury.
It was devastating against Huddersfield at the start of the season with City running out 6-1 winners.
Right now, with Gabriel Jesus out of form, having Hazard up alongside the fearsome Aguero would be the perfect option, adding an extra dimension of creativity, although the Belgian’s unwillingness to track and press may cause issue for Guardiola.
This would, though, get Sane and Sterling into the XI creating the best front-six in world football.