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Antonio Conte praises blossoming Giroud-Hazard partnership

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised the blossoming partnership of Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud, saying the duo show ‘very good links’ between them.

The Blues won their fourth game on the bounce in all competitions at the weekend when they beat Swansea City 1-0 thanks to a solitary Cesc Fabregas goal.

Hazard and Giroud linked up wonderfully in the build-up to set up the Spaniard for his 50th ever Premier League goal, and Conte has hailed the duo’s connection following his side’s latest victory.

“They played a very good game, they showed a good link between them,’ said Conte. “I’m very pleased for their performance, but not only for these two players, for the team.

“It wasn’t easy to get three points against Swansea because they are in a good moment of form, especially at home. In the last five games they won four and they drew only one.

“Against Swansea we had a good balance with the three midfielders, we were very dangerous offensively with Hazard and Giroud, with the penetration of the midfielder. In fact, we scored with Fabregas from midfield.”

Hazard and Giroud have combined on numerous occasions since the Frenchman’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in January, with Hazard playing a crucial role in almost all of Giroud’s five strikes for the Blues since his switch from Arsenal.

And Giroud says he is relishing playing alongside the Belgian international.

“I’m adapting well, I try to have a good understanding on the pitch with the number 10s like Eden and Willian,” Giroud told the club’s website.

“It’s important keep the confidence high and work for your team mates so I tried to deliver some passes for Willian and Eden. I’m happy because we won and even if I didn’t score I’m sure I will in the next games.”

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