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"Mourinho taught the world a new tactic: Kicking The Player" - Conte

Antonio Conte praised Eden Hazard's "great character" for enduring 25 minutes of "only kicking" after Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 in an ill-tempered FA Cup quarterfinal tie at Stamford Bridge to book a semifinal date with Tottenham at Wembley.

Hazard was fouled on numerous occasions in the early exchanges of Monday's match as United sought to limit his influence, with Phil Jones detailed to man-mark the Belgian and Ander Herrera twice booked for infringements on him in the opening 35 minutes, resulting in the Spaniard's dismissal.

Conte was visibly angered by Hazard's treatment in his technical area, exchanging words with United manager Jose Mourinho on several occasions, and after the match the Chelsea head coach paid tribute to his star winger for not being deterred by United's physical approach to defending him.

"My point of view is this: They've got to play football, and my players want to play football," Conte insisted.

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