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Never forget you're a star, Conte tells Hazard

Hazard scored his 14th Premier League goal of the season in Saturday's 3-1 win over Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Antonio Conte has revealed he guided Eden Hazard back to his best by telling the Belgium midfielder to both play and act like a superstar.

Hazard's masterful finish helped Chelsea inch ever closer to the Premier League title with Saturday's 3-1 win at Bournemouth.

I am happy for Eden and he scored a good goal; he is doing a good job, good work during the game.

He is a great player, a great talent and he must understand that he is a great player and never forget this.

I think that every coach's real function is not only to win. A good coach tries to improve the players and also tries to find the right way to work with them - tactical aspects and physical aspects - to show them the situations [in which] they can improve.

I think a good coach, a good manager must do this, not only win [matches] or buy the best players in the world.

– Antonio Conte to reporters


Mourinho surprised by Chelsea's style

Mourinho's comments have angered many Chelsea fans. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at Chelsea, admitting that he has been surprised by how much his former team have relied on defence and counter-attacks under Antonio Conte this season.

Chelsea will take on Mourinho's Manchester United at Stamford Bridge with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at stake on Monday, and are chasing a double after building a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

I'm not surprised [by Chelsea's success]. I'm surprised with the way they play.

I'm surprised because I thought they were demanding a different kind of football.

I think they are very good defensively and I think they have fantastic players to be a counter-attack team and to kill opponents with three or four players.

– Mourinho to Football Focus

David Luiz staying humble as Chelsea close in on Premier League title

Chelsea defender David Luiz. Credit: PA

David Luiz thinks Chelsea are remaining grounded despite their commanding advantage at the Premier League summit.

The Blues beat Swansea 3-1 on Saturday to move 11 points clear of Manchester City, their nearest rivals entering this weekend's fixtures.

Luiz told Chelsea TV: "(We) need to go game by game. Premier League everybody knows is difficult.

"So keep the feet on the floor, with humility, working hard. That's the way."

It was as if Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte was speaking – the Italian has previous experience of slipping up in the home straight while he was a player with Juventus.

And Conte does not want a repeat as he vowed Chelsea would focus only on themselves. The Blues next play at West Ham on March 6.

"(Eleven points) is not the reality," Conte said.

"The other teams have to play the game. For sure we have to look at ourselves, to play game by game and to continue to show we are deserving to stay at the top of the league."

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