Conte: Hazard Still Has Room For Improvement

Eden Hazard used Antonin Panenka’s famous penalty technique on Panenka’s 69th birthday. More

Eden Hazard used Antonin Panenka’s famous penalty technique on Panenka’s 69th birthday. More

"Eden and Alvaro showed a great link and I saw a lot of good combination play".

"The World Cup is the best tournament in the world".

"The club knows very well the importance of these two players".

"They are both very young players and it will be great to keep them with us".

"I think he played a really good game", Conte said. "When you have players like N'Golo [Kante], [Tiemoue] Bakayako, [Danny] Drinkwater, they do fantastic jobs". "I hope that at the end, Thibaut will sign his contract", Conte said.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow admits to being "annoyed" by Eden Hazard's penalty in the Magpies' 3-1 loss to Chelsea but praises him for "a great penalty".

Hazard's Chelsea teammate, Victor Moses, added that the former Lille star is equally as impressive during training. You would never see the Spaniard dance down the touchline or charge onto the pitch to harangue an opposition player, he seldom partakes in the managerial pantomime and he wields words like a surgeon wields a scalpel. "I think he has a lot of improvement [to make]".

Manager Rafa Benitez guided the team back to the top flight at the first time of asking, but it is the players around him and overall transfer activity that have many anxious about the future.

Chelsea head into Tuesday's clash with Atletico Madrid knowing they have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stage and can confirm top spot in Group C with a win, though Conte does not believe finishing first or second will hugely impact the difficulty of their round-of-16 draw.

Just as their game at Old Trafford ended in a similar fashion, competing against the top teams is important but not vital.

'We were in trouble for the first 10 or 15 minutes, then we had a reaction - which is a good thing. "But for our ambition and our confidence, we would like to win the group".

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