Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has rejected the suggestion that Eden Hazard could reach Lionel Messi’s level if he became more selfish on the pitch, and said that he would rather lose than have a selfish player in his Chelsea team.
“No, no, no, absolutely not,” Conte said when asked if Hazard should be more selfish. “I don’t think that a player like Messi is a selfish player. The first target for every great champion is to play for the team and to put your talent into the team. If you do this, the team [increases] your talent.
“The best players in the world don’t exist without a team. For me, it’s sad to listen to this, that a player must ‘be more selfish’ to reach the top level. That’s very sad. It’s not my idea of football and I will never understand this. Never, never. In my team, I don’t want selfish players.
“I prefer to lose a game than to have a selfish player. For me, I don’t want this and I can’t accept this. I don’t want my club to buy me a selfish player one day. Never. No.”