Chelsea manager Antonio Conte kept Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench in the FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham, and although both of them played in the second half to help the Blues grab an impressive win, Cesc Fabregas thinks it was the contribution of less frequent in the lineup players who played a major role in Chelsea’s win.
The last time Ake played was… I don’t know. Maybe two months ago. Batshuayi the same. Willian didn’t start for the last five games and scores two goals, so to have these kinds of players and then when we were struggling in the second half, we brought on these kind of big players and it worked very well today
the Catalan midfielder told reporters after the game at Wembley, which Chelsea won 4-2, to advance to the final of the FA Cup.
Getting to the final was important, a big game, a big stadium and fantastic for the fans and everyone, but the most important game is Tuesday and we have to keep it up. To get to another final, it is not easy to do nowadays, it is very competitive
Fabregas added, claiming that the Premier League clash against Southampton on Tuesday is a more important game than the semifinal versus Tottenham, something that justified Conte’s decision to not start Hazard and Costa.