CONTE EXPLAINS WHY HE HAS BEEN SUBSTITUTING HAZARD IN RECENT WEEKS

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been repeatedly substituted by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in recent weeks and Conte insists he is protecting Hazard after his injury problems during the summer.

Conte also added it does not matter to him whether Hazard is unhappy with his decisions or not.

“We are talking about a player with a bad injury recently, he had surgery and usually in these type of situations you must pay great attention, he also missed the pre-season with us,” Conte said.

“With him we are trying to find the best way and it’s normal that one player can’t always be on top form. My task is to try to improve him, put him in the best physical condition and take the best decision for the team during the game.

“It is not important if one player is happy or not happy, I am the coach, this is not important.

“My first target is to do the best for the team, not to make every player happy, otherwise we will finish 20th.”

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