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What Courtois Has Said About Conte Taking Off Hazard Is Very Interesting

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What Courtois Has Said About Conte Taking Off Hazard Is Very Interesting

Thibaut Courtois wasn't a fan of Eden Hazard leaving the pitch on Sunday against Manchester United.

Chelsea dropped out of the Champions League places following the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Willian gave the hosts the lead, though United fought back through Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Linard who headed home the eventual match winner in the 75th minute.

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Though prior to Lingard popping up, Hazard was hauled off for Pedro to the surprise of many including fellow countryman, Courtois.

Courtois during the warm-up. Image: PA
Courtois during the warm-up. Image: PA
Courtois in action. Image: PA
Courtois in action. Image: PA

And a few days removed from the Premier League defeat, he's questioned Antonio Conte's decision.

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"I have no explanation for the substitution of Hazard," Courtois told Belgian outlet Play Sports via Metro.

"I had not expected him to take him off but it is a choice of the manager. He must explain. I can't look into his head.

"Players like Eden should have 90 minutes on the pitch. He can always bring something extra offensive.

Hazard in action. Image: PA
Hazard in action. Image: PA
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Hazard taken off. Image: PA
Hazard taken off. Image: PA

Courtois then detailed the goal they conceded while drawing comparisons to the Champions League fixture against Barcelona.

"After our goal, we conceded a counter-attacking goal just like last Tuesday but in the second half we had less of the ball.

"But even then we should never have lost this match. If you do not do the small things well in top matches, you lose, which is what happened," he added.

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Chelsea will be seeking to bounce back on Sunday when they're back in league action.

Yet they take on the league leaders away from home.

City or Chelsea? Who do fancy? Let us know.

Topics: Hazard, Football News, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, Antonio Conte

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