GERRARD HAILS CONTE FOR HIS TACTICAL HALF-TIME SUBSTITUTION

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Antonio Conte proved that he’s the tactical one with the change he made at half-time. The Italian replaced Kurt Zouma with Nemanja Matic at half-time and the change sealed Chelsea’s midfield which was being penetrated easily by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane in the first-half.

The substitution made the three players ineffective in the second-half and Steven Gerrard has hailed Conte for being proactive.

Gerrard told BT Sport: “He spots things very quickly. When it was all going wrong at the start of the season, he switched from four to three at the back.

“Even against Manchester City when they were wide open and De Bruyne and David Silva were causing problems he took a defender off and put Nemanja Matic on.

“He stiffened it up and managed the game and Chelsea saw it out.

“That’s down to his tactical genius.

“He spots things quickly, acts quickly and that’s what got them over the line.”

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