Conte hails Hazard after Chelsea’s derby triumph

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he preferred to praise Eden Hazard’s defensive contribution rather than his brilliant individual goal after the win over Arsenal.

In a telling remark, given the tireless way Hazard and his team-mates chased the Gunners all over the park, Conte was keen to point out the Belgian had upped his workrate.

“He scored a great goal but we all know his talent, we all know his strengths. He’s a really talented player,” Conte said.

“But today I’m pleased above all for his work without the ball, defensively. He played with great attention and great concentration.”

Conte also explained the reasons behind his rant at assistant Angelo Alessio, shortly after Gabriel had gone close with a header which was saved by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

“Angelo Alession is always a victim,” he joked.

“During the corner I wanted to change some positions because at the second corner Arsenal had put six men and we lost a man at the edge of the box and it was very dangerous.

“I tried to shout to my players and I told my assistant to try to send this message and change this situation.

“But the changes did not arrive and after the corner there was the risk to score the goal.

“Angelo knows me very well – he knows my passion.”