EDEN HAZARD was heralded for his sensational back flick against West Ham last week – but he admits it could have earned him a roasting from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
The Blues winger’s moment of genius saw him set up N’Golo Kante with expert vision as he sparked a Chelsea counter.
Early in the second half, Cesc Fabregas’ forward chip was met by the back of Hazard who cushioned the ball down perfectly.
However, had Kante not got on the end of it, West Ham would have been back on the attack as the skill risked offering their rivals a chance.
With the score 1-0 at the time, Chelsea were in a precarious position with a victory at the London Stadium vital for their title charge.
Although they managed to prevail 2-1 winners, Hazard confessed Conte would have condemned him for causing a mistake.
Therefore, the 26-year-old knows he must execute tricks to precision or face the consequences.
“It was something natural,” Hazard told The Telegraph. “I did it once before, in France, it’s for the fans.”
However, with a grin on his face, Hazard admitted it was not really for the supporters.
He added: “[It was the best way for me to do] a good pass.
“Because if we had lost the ball and conceded a goal then I would have been in trouble with Antonio.
“If you do something different from what he wants, and you do something bad, he will tell you off … if you do something different, do it well!”
Eden Hazard will have to ensure any skills attempted tonight come off when Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final tie (7.45pm).