Antonio Conte has warned Eden Hazard that opposition goalkeepers will be doing their homework on him after he scored with a Panenka penalty against Newcastle.
The Belgium international continued his sensational run of form with two goals during a man of the match display in the 3-1 win over Rafa Benitez’s side.
Hazard capped his superb display with an impudent penalty shortly before he was substituted by his manager, chipping the ball down the middle of the goal with Karl Darlow already having committed to diving to his left.
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‘The most important thing to do is score it and then decide which way you want to kick it,’ said Conte afterwards.
‘The important thing is to score and it happened.
‘Next time he must have a great attention as the goalkeeper will study the players that take the penalties. For me the most important thing is to score. It happened.’
On Hazard’s sensational performance, Conte added: ‘I think he had a really good game.
‘I think he enjoys playing this type of game. He is an important player as we can change our system. ‘Today Eden and Alvaro showed a good link and a lot of combination play. I am happy.’
Karl Darlow: Eden Hazard penalty annoyed me
Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has admitted that he was “annoyed” by Eden Hazard’s cheeky chip in the Magpies’ 3-1 loss at Chelsea this afternoon but has congratulated the player on “a great penalty”.
The Blues were already 2-1 up heading into the final 15 minutes of the encounter at Stamford Bridge when they were awarded a spot kick after Matt Ritchie brought Victor Moses to ground.
Hazard then made no mistake with his effort, sending Darlow the wrong way with a Panenka dink to wrap up all three points for Antonio Conte’s side.
The result extended Newcastle’s winless streak in the league to six games – a run that has seen them pick up just one point, score just four goals and concede 14.
“I think the game plan was to stay in the game as long as we could,” Darlow told Sky Sports News. “At half time, when we were 2-1 down, we wanted to get to 80 minutes and nick something. They’re a good side though. We keep battling on.
“The chip [from Hazard’s penalty] annoyed me a little bit. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t, but it’s a great penalty.
“There are positives. We’ve gone to Manchester United and Chelsea and done alright in spells but you get punished at this level. We have to keep improving.”
Newcastle’s next chance to get more points on the board will come at home to Leicester City next Saturday evening.