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Early Chelsea Team News: Key Men Ready To Face Man Utd
Antonio Conte is ready to name his strongest eleven when Chelsea entertain Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in their FA Cup quarter final on Monday night, according to the Telegraph.
Conte has previously chosen to use the FA Cup as a way to give some of his fringe players an opportunity to get some vital minutes under their belt as the Italian coach has mainly used a settled starting eleven in the Premier League.
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were recalled for the tricky away trip to Molineux to face Wolves in the previous round but the likes of Asmir Begovic, Kurt Zouma, John Terry, Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah were all given rare starts.
However, it looks as though Conte is now ready to recall his big-guns for the quarter finals as the Telegraph claim that Chelsea are set to revert back to a full strength side on Monday night.
It means that not only will Hazard and Costa start but the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Gary Cahill, N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso are also expected to be recalled against United having been rested at Wolves in the fifth round.
Chelsea have no European football to contend with so they can afford to name their strongest side as we get towards the business end of the FA Cup with Wembley awaiting the victors of Monday’s game in the semi-final.
The west Londoners are flying right now and took another giant step closer to reclaiming the Premier League title with a 2-1 win at West Ham on Monday extending their lead at the top to ten points.
With a league and FA Cup double still very-much on the cards, it’s no surprise that Conte is ready to play his strongest side when Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd come to the capital on Monday.
However, one player who may still get a rest is David Luiz as the Brazilian international continues to carefully manage a knee injury that’s restricted him still back in December.
If Conte decides to give Luiz a breather on Monday then he’ll have to decide between Zouma or Terry to deputise at the back against United.