Thursday, 19 October 2017

Eden Hazard defends Antonio Conte after one big mistake against A.S. Roma

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has admitted that he cannot confirm the reason why Antonio Conte took him off in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League.


He was central to his team’s fight-back to earn a point, scoring two goals to level the match, but was taken off in the second half before he could complete his hattrick.

The Blues remain top of Group C despite failing to beat the Italians due to Atletico Madrid’s draw away to Qarabag. However, Chelsea must now go away to Roma and get a result in order to remain in control of the standings.

Speaking after the match, Hazard said that he did not know his manager’s thinking behind his substitution.

“I don’t know, I think sometimes the manager wants me on the bench at the end of the game,” he said. “I pushed to the maximum and I just come back from the injury so he made his choice.”

Chelsea face Watford at Stamford Bridge at the weekend after suffering two straight defeats in the Premier League to Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Hazard is regarded as Conte’s best player, and the Italian will need his match-winner to be in commanding form against the Hornets following their bright start to the season, especially away from home.

In their previous league fixture they beat Arsenal 2-1 at Vicarage Road and are a side that the champions cannot afford to take lightly.

Hazard refused to criticise his manager’s decision to remove him from play, arguing that another player with fresh legs could have had a greater impact off the bench.

“Sometimes the guy who comes onto the pitch scores a goal so I have nothing to say about this,” he concluded.

Willian replaced Hazard with 10 minutes to go but Chelsea were unable to secure the winner. Their draw keeps them two points ahead of Roma and five points ahead of Atletico in Group C.

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