Conte asks England stars not to kick Hazard

The former Blues greeted a select bunch of Chelsea fans to a private screening of Chelsea's draw with Liverpool, bringing the Premier League trophy along with them for an NBC-run afternoon in New York.

Newcastle took the lead through a 12th-minute Dwight Gayle goal.

Hazard - who had opened the scoring - netted Chelsea's third goal from the spot after Matt Ritchie brought down Victor Moses.

Chelsea have scored at least two more headers than every other Premier League team, with Manchester United (7) and Arsenal (6) rounding off the top three to further prove the aerial dominance Conte's side have achieved in 2017/18.

That's an impressive return for a player who spends most of his time at center-back.

Moses then proved his worth when he supplied a wonderful cross for Alvaro Morata who expertly headed in as Chelsea went in front in the 33rd minute and kept the slim lead until halftime.

Asked in a post-match interview why that was the case, the Spaniard replied: "It's the Premier League". However, he's moved away from that formation against the big six this season, playing a 4-4-2 away to Manchester United two weeks ago and employing a back three/five against Chelsea on Saturday.

"The normal fans in the street are fine".

"I think he played a really good game", Conte said. "I'd be lying if I said it didn't, but it's a great penalty".

And Sky Sports pundit Souness was left in no doubt the "unplayable" Hazard could follow in the footsteps of modern football's marquee players.

"We knew we had to get something out of the game".

A Cezar Azpilicueta cross had fallen in his way and the Belgian's first-time shot hit the ground before going into the back of the net and Chelsea would score a second soon after.

Benitez has always been a pragmatic coach, choosing to focus on defensive solidarity first, before deploying any kind of attacking tactics. My only criticism of him is that sometimes he's not bang at it, but when he is in the mood he was today he is unplayable. Benitez will easily forgive individual errors but will be fed up with the likes of Diame failing to put in a performance against the Champions.

One should keep in mind that Terry's renaissance under Mourinho was largely down to the Portuguese's 'pragmatic' tactics.

  • Montenegro Chinchilla