Conte warns Hazard against challenging Chelsea authority

Dean Simpson
March 12, 2018

Antonio Conte has called on Chelsea to show resilience in Barcelona and says he will consult his players on tactics for Wednesday's Champions League clash at the Nou Camp.

Lampard also gave an insight to how the Premier League champions will approach the crucial tie and highlighted the threat of Lionel Messi who managed to break the deadlock against Chelsea by scoring in the first leg.

Hazard said he left the pitch with the impression that he "hadn't played a game of football" after touching the ball just 32 times in 89 minutes at the Etihad Stadium, in a position that required him to jump for numerous high clearances out of defence as Chelsea failed to register a single shot on target. "We are playing against one of the best teams in the world so we must pay great attention, having the same focus, the same attention as the first leg against Barcelona". For sure, compare that with the Barcelona game, I think we were not so good in ball possession. Did we mention it's FREE to play?

Perhaps the ex- England boss is cursing his former assistant Gary Neville, as his comments will have given Antonio Conte a point to prove, the most sure-fire way to stir up the fiery Italian.

"We could've clearly had three, four or five, even, with the chances we created".

Conte said: "This win was very important". I want to see my players angry. In front of the players. And then, in the next game, I didn't play. "In this case I think he could have avoided the yellow card".

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, says his side can not afford to drop more points from now til the end of the season following their recent struggles. If they play as well as they did in the first half at United last month there is a possibility Eden Hazard or Willian may find something to smile about.

But Hodgson dismissed suggestions that he could have let Zaha start the game.

"It would be very important to get three points tomorrow".

He did rue the late strike from Alexander Sorloth which was ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

Defender Gary Cahill, who was injured in that game, said: "I didn't spend too long out there last time with my hamstring that I pulled".

They reached half-time two goals up through Willian and a Martin Kelly own goal and with the crowd anticipating not much more than a few early substitutions to rest key personnel.

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