Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s game against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium later today, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte acknowledged the difficulty in choosing between Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas. Conte explained his decision to choose any of the players is based largely on the opposition and what challenges he expects us to face.
“At this point of the season it’s important for me to manage the situation and understand when it’s right, for example, to play with Cesc or Matic,” said Conte.
“We are talking about two great players with different characteristics. Nemanja is more physical, good technically and has less fantasy than Cesc. Cesc is great technically, he has great fantasy but he is less physical than Nemanja.
“I think that now I have all my players on top of their form, it’s not easy for me to make the best decision. In this case it’s important for me to manage the situation and to see game by game. I must understand that, for example, if we are facing a physical team and they are very strong on set-plays you must consider a lot before you make the right choice.”