Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Chelsea Goal Keeper, Thibaut Courtois blasts Antonio Conte over Eden Hazard decision in Manchester United loss

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has  joined a long list of chelsea supporters who have eidely criticised manager Antonio Conte for substituting Eden Hazard in the weekend loss at Manchester United.
The Belgian star started at Old Trafford and teed up Brazilian midfielder Willian to score the game’s opening goal in the 32nd minute.
But the Blues’ No.10 came in for close attention during the second period and was subsequently taken off by the Italian in the 73rd minute, to be replaced by Spanish winger Pedro.
That decision deprived Chelsea of their chief attacking threat for the remainder of the game and within two minutes of his exit, Jesse Lingard had nodded Jose Mourinho’s men ahead, with what turned out to be the match winner.
Now Courtois, whose future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, has questioned the decision to take off his compatriot.
"I have no explanation for the sub of Hazard," said Courtois. "I had not expected him to take him off but it is a choice of the manager. He must explain. I can't look into his head.
"Players like Eden should have 90 minutes on the pitch. He can always bring something extra offensive."
The futures of both Courtois and Hazard have become inextricably linked in recent months, with both holding out over new deals at Stamford Bridge.
Courtois has 18 months left on his current deal and has spoken of his desire to return to Madrid, where his young children continue to live.
Hazard’s deal expires in 2020, and the 27-year-old continues to be linked with a switch to Real Madrid.
In an interview with Belgian TV channel Play Sports, Courtois was also pointed the finger at his side's defensive resistance after they failed to hold a lead for the second game in succession - having conceded an equaliser to Barcelona in their Champions League meeting last Tuesday.
"After our goal, we conceded a counter-attacking goal just like last Tuesday but in the second half we had less of the ball, but even then we should never have lost this match," he said.

"If you do not do the small things well in top matches, you lose, which is what happened today."