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Antonio Conte named a strange starting lineup against Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinal, and it worked as the Blues went on to win Spurs 4-2, with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard coming in from the bench to add firepower to the Chelsea attack.

Conte admitted in his press conference that they want to play every game, but he loves their response as they came on from the bench.

“For sure, every single player wants to play every game, I know this,” Conte said in his pre-match press conference.

“But also there is a manager in every team that must make the best decision in this situation to find the right balance and also to give the chance to other players that show great commitment, great work-rate and great desire to play.

“But their reaction was good, for me the reaction was normal.

“I have another day to decide our best 11, but I think that they [Costa and Hazard] are in good condition and in good form and for sure I hope to see a good performance from my players.”

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