Chelsea manager Antonio Conte clarified how important is FA Cup for the Blues, despite Eden Hazard and Diego Costa both started from the bench against Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinal at Wembley.
The Italian manager has pointed out the importance of playing different players during the season, especially in the last month of campaign. “When you arrive in this part of the season, – Conte said – When you know you are to play three tough games. One in the semi-final to reach the final in a top game. This game was top in our priority. Then you have to play again on Tuesday,’ he explained afterwards”.
‘It’s important for the league against a team that has to rest ten days. Tottenham have one more day to rest. They play the day after against Palace”.
Then Conte added: “You must take a strong decision and take the responsibility to take this decision. It’s not easy to decide to start the game without two important players”.
“You must take this responsibility and involve the players in your plan and to operate with this decision is good.”