Antonio Conte insists he was right to make big selection decision

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas in action against Barcelona

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas in action against Barcelona

In the 1-1 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday night in Champions League knockout round action, Hazard was used as an out and out striker.

But the thing that surprised everyone the most was Conte's decision to bench both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

The Italian chose to start Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian up front, playing the Belgian in the middle in a false nine role.

Chelsea vs Barcelona games have over the years proved to be a paradigm shift between attacking football and defensive solidity. You don't get a lot of balls.

Mason suffered a fractured skull in January 2017 after a clash of heads with Cahill during a Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City and the 26-year-old called an end to his playing days earlier this month on medical advice. I've won some aerial duels-hey against Gerard Pique!

"If I had to chose, I prefer to play like I did in the last 10 minutes, but it's the manager who has the final word".

After so much effort Chelsea put into the game, they will definitely feel aggrieved after swinging the tie into Barcelona's favour.

Hazard has scored 15 goals from 29 starts and seven substitute outings in all competitions this season. We were all looking at Hazard pre-game but I think Willian was the man tonight.

Meanwhile, ESPN FC pundit Steve Nicol talked about Real Madrid's interest in signing Hazard recently, and he said Chelsea probably would not let him leave this offseason.

'If we only think about defending, we'll be in a lot of trouble.

"We will go there trying to win because we have to score and we will try to pull off the ideal game as we did today except for the small mistake that we made", added the Belgian. Many Chelsea fans were left wondering what could have been if his strikes that came off the post went in. "We have to win, we have to score". Without the ball, Chelsea basically lined up in a 5-4-1 formation, leaving Eden Hazard up top.

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