The Italian’s move baffled fans, especially given the magnitude of the game.
Chelsea’s striker hasn’t scored for four games and Hazard was spotted wearing a bandage round his leg in training on Friday.
Conte plumped for Michy Batshuayi to start up front, who hasn’t started a single Premier League game this season. Willian was chosen to start instead of Hazard.
Speaking to BBC One before the game, Conte said: “I took this decision about our starting XI. At this moment it is part of the season whenever we play any game it is important to have a player in your mind and make a decision.
“You risk in the same way if you start with Diego or Eden or they come on. I try to make the best decision.”