Conte and Hazard won the Premier League in their first season working together at Chelsea, but didn't enjoy the best relationship the following campaign.
Maurizio Sarri gave an explanation as to why Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater are out of favour at Chelsea as his side prepare to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.
Footballlive.ng can report that the Italian gaffer hinted as much on Thursday evening, with a terse reaction, after queries from the British media over the continued absence of Moses in the match day squad. This season, the Ivorian (29) has been fouled more times than any other player in the Premier League but is yet to be booked for simulation.
Despite Palace recently having the upper hand over Chelsea, the Blues have historically been in control of this fixture.
Wilfried Zaha missed Palace's defeat to Middlesbrough in midweek due to a shoulder injury but is expected to return for the game at Stamford Bridge, though Connor Wickham, Christian Benteke, Scott Dann and Joel Ward are all out.
With Hazard likely to start on the bench, Pedro and Willian should be the wingers for Chelsea.
Three thoughts on Chelsea's 3-1 win vs.
Predicted Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; Milivojevic; McArthur, Kouyate; Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.
January offers a chance for Chelsea to bolster their defensive options but Sarri, who has previously described the transfer market as "the refuge of the weak", is determined to find solutions on the training pitch.
Ross Barkley is also set for a recall after being rested in midweek and the former Everton midfielder will be looking to maintain his impressive form of late.
He estimated before the game that Eden Hazard could manage around 40 minutes; in the end he was given just over 30, but took only two to make an impact.
Derby manager Frank Lampard was pleased to receive a warm welcome from the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.
18+ only. Ts&Cs apply. Had he been partnered by a proper striker, then who knows what might have possible in this game and where they might sit in the table, instead of 14th with only eight goals to their name.