Hazard starts against Man City

Posted October 02, 2017

Hazard has only started one game for the Blues this season, against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and has laid on one assist but is likely to start against City at the weekend. In every game he plays, we must see that. Last season he had an important season, he played very well, he performed as a top player.

City boast the joint best defence in the league, conceding just twice along with their fierce rivals United, whilst also possessing the most prolific attack outright, scoring 21 times.

If Morata was able to recognize the injury early - his midweek knock was supposedly an ankle, a different, probably unrelated issue - hopefully he will be able to avoid any significant damage by taking the next two weeks off. Spain should be able to make do without him; Chelsea can't really.

And Conte reckons it is only right to give players the responsibility to do what they please on their days off as they are "not kids".

"When you have good players it's more simple to find this link, to find this combination, to play together very well", Conte said.

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The Italian said: "It will not be easy to make decisions tomorrow, because, in my eyes, there is the last performance against Atletico Madrid". He's great in the air and Batshuayi can only match him for his finishing ability, without being as effective at the rest of the jobs that are paramount for a modern striker. I think he's the best. "We are excited to play in this type of game". I like to watch his games. Conte expressed sympathy for the situation and insisted his players must take responsibility for themselves in their own time.

Conte did confirm that Danny Drinkwater remains the only injury absentee in his squad, with Alvaro Morata having shaken off a knock sustained against Atletico, while Eden Hazard is also primed to start his second match in three days.

'We are trying to produce what the coach wants us to and things are working quite well.

Chelsea are top of the standings after back-to-back wins, two points clear of Roma, while Atleti have ground to make up in their pending double-header against Qarabag.

"We did well, from the first (whistle) to the end of the game". "For sure, he's a big loss".