En­der’s a god­send for re­li­gious boss

Sunday Express - - Front Page -

AN­TO­NIO CONTE fears Jose Mour­inho will tell his Manch­ester United play­ers to kick Eden Haz­ard around Old Traf­ford to­day but the Chelsea boss has made no spe­cial plan to pro­tect his bril­liant for­ward. Haz­ard (right) was sin­gled out for rough treat­ment when the teams met in the FA Cup last month, when An­der Her­rera was sent off for foul­ing the Bel­gian. Conte said: “I ex­pect a tough game but I didn’t pre­pare any­thing for this sit­u­a­tion. The coach has to work on the tac­ti­cal as­pect, the phys­i­cal as­pect, the psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pect.” One player Conte is mak­ing plans for is United tal­is­man Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic. He added: “Zla­tan is at the top of his form. For me, he’s one of the best in the world.”

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