Conte: Manchester United tried to “intimidate” Hazard with kicks

Conte: Manchester United tried to “intimidate” Hazard with kicks

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Antonio Conte has slammed the approach Manchester United’s players took toward Eden Hazard in Chelsea’s 1-0 FA Cup victory on Tuesday morning.

A second half goal from N’Golo Kante was all that separated the sides on the scoreboard, after Ander Herrera had been sent off before the break.

The Spaniard was twice booked for fouling Hazard and with Marcos Rojo also stamping on his chest later in the contest, Conte claims the superstar playmaker had little chance to impact the game.

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“In 20, 25 minutes for Hazard, it was impossible for him to play football,” he said after the match.

“I see only that he got a lot of kicks. I don’t think that I’m crazy and I see only him in this situation.

“He started receiving kicks and finished receiving kicks. No one person can say this did not happen.”

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Following the incident the Blues manager had to be separated by referees from his counterpart Jose Mourinho, later saying that his strategy was more about intimidation than winning the match.

“This tactic, to play by going to kick the opponent, does not exist. It’s not football for me. I don’t think this can be a tactic,” he added.

“I think sometimes when you play against players with great talent you try and intimidate these players. I think the referee must protect this type of player.

“We go to play football and my players want to play football.”

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