Eden Hazard stole the show against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in the FA Cup semifinal, as he came from the bench to score and assist a goal.
His teammate Cesc Fabregas had advised him to be selfish in his game so he can reach the heights of Lionel Messi. Fabregas said: “I’ve told him many, many times he needs to be selfish sometimes and have that killer instinct to score more goals.”
When the quote was put to Conte, the Italian vehemently refuted such talks and said that he would rather lose games than have a selfish player.
“No, absolutely no; I don’t think that a player like Messi is a selfish player,” said Conte.
“The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent in the team, because the best players don’t exist without the team. For me it’s sad when I listen to this, that one player must be more selfish to reach the top level.
“It’s sad because it’s not my idea of football. I will never understand this, never.
“In my team I don’t want a selfish player, I would prefer to lose the game than have a selfish player.
“I don’t want this and I can’t accept this and I don’t want it in my club.”