After Hazard's complaints Conte recalls his own clash with the boss

Posted March 12, 2018

Chelsea were keen to draw a distinction between Conte's recollection of a fallout with his former Juventus manager Marcello Lippi, which saw him rebuked, fined and dropped, and Eden Hazard's frustration after last Sunday's loss at Manchester City.

Asked if he would play Hazard as a "false nine" again this season, Conte said, "Yes, but if I think its right for the team to play in this way, it's OK". For sure, compare that with the Barcelona game, I think we were not so good in ball possession.

"You can see when a player is in great form, I'm the first to pick him in the starting XI", he said.

"If you play, you're happy".

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"For John, Chelsea is home and he can come when he wants, the doors are open for him and for [all] the players that write the history of this club".

After a 3-1 win for second-placed Juventus over leaders Parma, Conte was on worldwide duty when he faced the media and was asked about the Serie A game. My stupid answer was, 'We are winning, but I'm not happy because I'm not enjoying the role the coach chose to give me'.

Chelsea head to the Nou Camp on Wednesday needing to score a goal to stand any chance of going through to the quarter-finals - and it will need every player to be at his best.

"After training, the club called me". Killed me in a bad way, not in a soft or kind way. Sometimes you can think that the situation is easier but we played a good game, with a great desire to win. I was on the bench against Piacenza.

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We have to improve in personality, especially when there is a lot of pressure from our opponent.

The Belgium worldwide believes he is wasted through the middle but Conte says the belief should be kept behind closed doors. But the tactics were the same against Barcelona and, against Barcelona, I didn't [hear] anyone complaining.

Willian's goalscoring form continued in Chelsea's next match at Manchester United and the Brazilian made it 13 for the season in all competitions - a career-best - in Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. The France worldwide was left out of the City loss as a precaution after fainting at Cobham on Friday, but has trained with the rest of the squad this week.

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