Conte defends resting Hazard against Huddersfield

Conte defends resting Hazard against Huddersfield

Conte defends resting Hazard against Huddersfield

Antonio Conte admits Olivier Giroud's capture from Arsenal in the January transfer window has turned out to be an excellent bit of business for Chelsea.

And Conte, who rested Eden Hazard and was without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois due to a back injury, accepts a top-four finish will now be hard for Chelsea.

'The situation wasn't in our hands and for sure the possibility is less than before, ' the Italian said.

"At the same time, we have to try".

"It's very hard to explain the draw because when you have 82 per cent possession and create many chances, concede only on a counter-attack, and draw the game - it's very hard to explain".

It was a gloomy night for Chelsea and their manager Antonio Conte, whose future at the club remains the subject of conjecture, as they remained fifth in the Champions League race on 70 points.

"But it's a pity because I saw a fantastic commitment from my players".

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In terms of the visitors, who are after a point to confirm their Premier League safety, David Wagner brings in Philip Billing for Florent Hadergjonaj in one of three changes. We weren't able to do this.

Morata is well liked in Turin, where he scored 27 goals in two seasons before being bought back by Real Madrid.

They were as poor as they have been all season, with many leaving their seats well before the end.

Chelsea will be looking to finish the season on a high when they lock horns in the finals of the FA Cup against Manchester United at Wembley.

'I made a rotation also against Burnley. To make rotations means to play people like [Alvaro] Morata, Willian and [Andreas] Christensen who could play every game.

If Chelsea's half-hearted lap of honour gave clues to the club's awful season, they were also offered on the future of their manager and most expensive defender ever.

"We have a squad that can win, today we spent a lot of energy against Liverpool".

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