I barely got a touch: Eden Hazard

Mar 07, 2018, 00:06
I barely got a touch: Eden Hazard

Conte planned for his side to defend deep, concede position and try and snatch a goal at The Eihad and Gary Neville was "disgusted" with the champions' performance. Not only is it far different from what the attacker is used to, but it's hard. The Blues have initiated talks over a bumper new deal for the Belgium worldwide, who recently insisted that he is going to sign a new contract with the club soon.

"When he's on the pitch with good players, he's one of the best in the world".

But he doesn't stop there. "We could have played on for three hours, but I wouldn't touch a ball".

With Karim Benzema a pale shadow of his domineering best and Gareth Bale's tryst with injuries seeing him go in and out of the side, a lot of the goalscoring burden has fallen on Cristiano Ronaldo, who himself has rediscovered his best form only recently.

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The Blues have proved capable of significant improvement after disappointing campaigns-they won the title a year ago having finished 10th the season before-and should Conte leave, his replacement may be more positive in the biggest games.

"I have no doubt that at the end of that game, as soon as he got on that coach or got home, he will have been right on the phone to his agent saying, "get me out of here"". Every time he has the ball at his feet he can do something magic.

The German boss added: "And it is not just them, there are a few more players people would mention".

"I was trying to jump, but it's not easy to win duels against Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte", he said.

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"We did not play with our qualities and if Alvaro Morata or Giroud is playing, it's easier to play with long balls".

The Blues face an uphill battle of keeping their best players if they fail to finish inside the top four this season.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard and FC Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti are reportedly stalling on contract negotiations with their clubs.

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