Following the performances of certain players like Willian, Fabregas and Hazard against Tottenham on Saturday, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will have a lot to think about ahead of Chelsea’s game against Southampton.
“The league is of course where we turn now with the visit of Southampton tonight. It is never easy but the team and the fans will turn up for this one with the knowledge that Chelsea playing close to their best should be good enough to gain the three points and pile that pressure on Tottenham for tomorrow night,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“There are a couple of big decisions to be made considering team selection and none is bigger than this – do you or don’t you start Willian after his two goals in the semi-final?
“Pedro, Eden, Willian and even Cesc, do any of these players really deserve to be left out of the team for this vital game? In the simplest terms it is a bonus for the manager because it gives him tactical and personnel options throughout the game.
“There probably isn’t a right or wrong decision on this one, but whatever it is the trust in the manager is very strong.
“When you decide to leave Diego Costa and Hazard on the bench and it turns out to be a great decision, then as I have said many times this season, it is probably just worth trusting the boss!
“The biggest deal is to get the players coming on to retain the right frame of mind and that has been consistent under Antonio. He makes it look easy, it isn’t but it is the sign of a top manager that he keeps the entire group motivated.”