Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has criticised manager Antonio Conte for substituting Eden Hazard in the weekend loss at Manchester United.
Hazard 27, started at Old Trafford and assisted Brazilian midfielder Willian with a clever pass to score the game’s opening goal in the 32nd minute.
Manchester United’s youngster Mc Scot Tominay who was tasked with man-marking the Belgian didn’t allow the Blues’ No.10 have much influence on the game during the second period. He was subsequently taken in the 73rd minute, and replaced by Spanish winger Pedro.
However, 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 contract ‘rebel’ 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.”
“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.”