FOOTBALL NEWS: Antonio Conte defends his decision to leave out Eden Hazard against Huddersfield

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Antonio Conte has defended his decision to start with Eden Hazard on the bench for Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. Willian, Pedro and Alvaro Morata made up Chelsea’s attack and the trio produced a lackluster performance as the side’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League were dealt a major blow. Laurent Depoitre scored the opener for Huddersfield in the 50th minute before Marcos Alonso equalised in the 62nd minute.

The introduction of Hazard in the 59th minute injected some much-needed attacking flair for the home side but Huddersfied managed to hold on for the draw to secure their Premier League status for next season. Asked if he had rested Hazard ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup final with Manchester United, Conte responded: ‘No, absolutely not.

 

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