Cape Town - Chelsea
manager Antonio Conte has accused Manchester United of targeting Eden
Hazard with robust challenges during their FA Cup triumph at Stamford
The Blues downed the 10-man Red Devils, who saw midfielder Andere
Herrera receive his marching orders late in the opening half, after two
avoidable challenges with Hazard.
N'golo Kante went on to score a second-half winner for Conte's side
as they advanced to face Tottenham in the semi-final of England's oldest
cup competition, but Conte bemoaned the way United tried to stifle his
"In 20, 25 minutes for Hazard, it was impossible for him to play
football," Conte said in the post-match interview. "I see only that he
got a lot of kicks. I don't think that I'm crazy and I see only him in
"He started receiving kicks and finished receiving kicks. No one
person can say this did not happen. This tactic, to play by going to
kick the opponent, does not exist. It's not football for me.
"I don't think this can be a tactic," the Italian said in reference
to an alleged stamp by defender Marcus Rojo. I think sometimes when you
play against players with great talent you try and intimidate these
players. I think the referee must protect this type of player."
Meanwhile Jose Mourinho admitted Michael Oliver's decision to send off Ander
Herrera had ruined United's chances of beating Chelsea in an explosive FA Cup quarter-final.
second challenge on Hazard made only the slightest contact and, while
Mourinho stopped short of openly criticising Oliver, he did his best to
make clear his frustration at the decision.
"Everybody can analyse from different perspectives but we all watch the
match until the red card and after the red card," he said.