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Chelsea great Pat Nevin has hailed Antonio Conte’s substitutions against Liverpool in the 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The game was heading out to a Liverpool win before Conte brought on Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Willian, and they were all on the pitch with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.

Conte has been criticised by some for not starting his attacking players, but Nevin has come to his defence.

He wrote in the official Chelsea website: “Once again, for about the umpteenth time, Antonio made some changes that affected the game positively at the end.

“Willian came on to get the equaliser but the impact of Cesc Fabregas totally spun the game on its axis.

“After his introduction, Liverpool could do nothing to stop him controlling the match and five more minutes of play would probably have been enough for him to secure us the points.

“Now I know what you are thinking, maybe he could have started and done that from the beginning of the game, and there might be a point there. It is however important to know that this game, and indeed every game, opens up and space becomes easier to find the longer it goes on. It might be that when a fresh Cesc is playing against a tiring opposition, it makes his difference in quality that much more pronounced.”

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