Conte now turns his attentions towards preparing his Chelsea FC side for their crunch clash against FC Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The side was tormented throughout the game with the Manchester side's efficient passing.
Conte also subbed Hazard before Jesse Lingard's victor at Old Trafford earlier this month, a decision that was highly criticised.
Asked to explain what happened, the former Juventus boss added: "On Friday it was very cold and after the training session he passed out briefly in the dressing room". "For sure when you have so many chances it is important to be clinical, but we must be pleased with the performance of the team and prepare for Barcelona". A big loss. I tried to keep [Terry] for another season, but he wanted to play.
"Our confidence when you lose many games in a row is not simple".
As far as warm-up acts go, playing Crystal Palace four days before the tie that will define his season may not have given Conte the kind of workout he might have wished for. And in the first-half Chelsea were barely obliged to move out of second gear, never mind suffer. 'We played a game, a massive game against Parma when they were first and we were second. Morata is coming from a unusual injury in his back, he was out for a long time.
'I had the feeling that I'd ran, but that I hadn't played a game of football.
While the attacking numbers support Willian's inclusion in the team, Conte insists his defensive work is equally important. It won't be easy, we have to know this and at the same time we have to try to find the right solution to play this game.
But Hodgson dismissed suggestions that he could have let Zaha start the game. Maybe. I can take different decisions.
"In every game I have to decide the starting XI and not the players, because the players are the players and the manager is the manager".
He was the leader of the team on and off the pitch, but it had to end at some point and he is now helping Villa challenge for the promotion spots as they currently sit in third place.