Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday at Turf Moor didn’t go down well with fans as many criticised Antonio Conte’s team selection for the game. Many criticised Conte for preferring Nemanja Matic to Cesc Fabregas in the starting XI.
I remember early this season when Chelsea fans demanded Cesc Fabregas starts for Chelsea instead of Matic. Conte started him against Arsenal and we experienced our worst defeat of the season. It’s important we let Conte do his job.
Cesc Fabregas is a technically gifted player with an eye for a pass while Nemanja Matic brings solidity to the midfield with his energy, workrate and tackling. The qualities both players possess is important for the team but Conte can only play one of them beside N’Golo Kante.
Chelsea’s impressive run since we switched to the 3-4-3 has been based on a strong defence and a brilliant attack. Kante and Matic have been doing a brilliant job in midfield by providing a shield for the defence. Kante has received all the praises this season (and he deserves them) but Matic has also been fantastic for Chelsea this season.
I understand fans demanding for Fabregas to start as his eye for a pass can help carve open stubborn defences but it’s important we understand as fans that a manager will always stick to what he knows during this stage of the season. The combination of Kante and Matic in the middle has been impressive this season and Conte might continue to stick with what has worked best for him.
It’s also important we understand that Turf Moof is a difficult ground to visit. We need to give Burnley credit for making things difficult for Chelsea with their brilliant organization. The issue isn’t really about Fabregas or Matic starting because Burnley sticked to their game plan and denied Chelsea time on the ball.
It’s rather unfair criticising Conte for his team selection after the good work he has done for the team this season. We should remember where we were last season.
Whether Conte starts Fabregas or Matic in midfield, it’s important every Chelsea fan supports the team. This isn’t the time to criticise Conte’s team selection. CONTE KNOWS BEST.