Chelsea won’t rush Hazard back: Conte

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Sep 2017 09:46:20



CHELSEA manager Antonio Conte has the club’s long-term interests in mind with his cautious approach towards selecting Eden Hazard as they prepare for Thursday’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.
After making his first start of the season in the League Cup last week, the Belgium international was again named as a substitute for Chelsea’s 4-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on Saturday as he continues to recover from a fractured ankle.

“I think now Eden is improving a lot and for sure he’s in contention for Atletico Madrid,” Conte told reporters.
“After a bad injury and surgery you need time.
“He’s almost ready to play but if I make this decision it will be because I’m comfortable with it,” the Italian added.
“I think we are managing him very well. Other players are also very important for us and now it’s important to be sure he’s ready.”

Conte praised new signing Alvaro Morata for adapting well to the physical demands of the Premier League after the Spaniard scored his first Chelsea hat-trick at Stoke.
Morata arrived from Real Madrid at the start of the season in search of regular first-team action and has netted six league goals in six appearances.

“Don’t forget his previous experience—he didn’t play a lot with Juventus and Real Madrid but now he has a great chance to show that he is a really good striker, a fantastic striker,” Conte said.

Morata must prepare for hostile reception at Atletico: Courtois ALVARO Morata is unlikely to get a warm reception when Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Thursday because of the striker’s past association with Real Madrid, the Premier League club’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.
Chelsea’s record signing Morata joined from Real in the close season and has made a flying start to life at Stamford Bridge.

The striker hit his first hat-trick for the club as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan at Real’s rivals Atletico, said his team-mate at the other end of the pitch would have to prepare for a “big game” at the Estadio Metropolitano.
“He will get a different one from me. Alvaro played a lot of games against Atletico.

“I think he scored, I am not sure, so for him it will be a big game against his rivals,” Courtois told the Chelsea website (
“For me it will be more friendly but between the 90 minutes we are playing there will be rivalry for me as well because they want their team to win.

Fellaini ruled out of United clash in Moscow Marouane Fellaini will miss Manchester United’s Champions League game against CSKA Moscow on Thursday. Fellaini has not recovered from an ankle injury he suffered in a tackle by Shane Long in the 1-0 EPL win over Southampton and was not in the squad which departed for Russia. Nemanja Matic, who also suffered an injury against Southampton, flew out with the rest of the squad along with defender Eric Bailly, who could make his Champions League debut for the club.