At the kick-off of Chelsea’s semi-final game against Tottenham, questions were raised over the selection of Antonio Conte who left two of his most prolific players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench. In the end, the Italian ingenuous tactics and master plan paid off and the Blues are now in the running for a double this season.
Chelsea did not have it easy with Mauricio Pochettino’s men who were at par(2-2) when Delle Alli equalised earlier in the second half for the Lily Whytes. However, it was the introduction of Hazard, Costa and Fabregas won the game for Chelsea.
These are three things we learnt from the game.
Conte’s is a tactical genius and a risk taker
Hazard could easily pass for the best player in the League but he was left on the fringes by Conte. The decision was deliberate risk but would you complain with the win?. Eye-brows were raised but the decision to do that still paid off.
Speaking after the game how difficult the win was, Conte said; according to the Metro.
It’s not easy, for sure, to start the game without two really important players: Hazard and Diego.
‘You must take the responsibility and involve the players in your plan and take this risk.
Hazard is important, but the other players are equally important
Willian scored twice before he was substituted by Hazard. Willian is adept at dribbling with his pace and he shoots with precision. His presence in the attack of Chelsea did not make the absence of Hazard to be felt even though the two of them on the pitch together would have inflicted damages on the defense of Tottenham.
Conte is smart at making substitutions
It was the introduction of Hazard, Costa and Fabregas that sealed a place for Chelsea in the final. Before their introduction, Chelsea were level 2-2 with Tottenham. Hazard scored from a Fabregas’ corner before he laid off a ball for Matic who made it 4-2 in the 80th minutes. His substitutes were involved in the winning goals.