Opposition View: Chelsea

By SFC Media Tue 25 Apr Chelsea vs Saints
Photo by Getty Images | Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says his side have been made well aware of the tough test they’ll face when Southampton visit Stamford Bridge.

The Blues head into the game on the back of a 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup at Wembley, which booked their place in the final and put them on course for a double.

“When you have to play this type of game, it is very important to try to find the best solution, to give the right balance in our squad to play these games in these few days,” Conte said.

“I have in my mind the starting 11 but I want to check very well the physical consideration of every single player as our last game was an intense one and used energy.

‘It is important for us to win and look at ourselves, but we all know that tomorrow it won’t be easy because Southampton is a very good team with a good coach and good players.”

Conte also reserved praise for Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who he worked with during his time as Italy boss.

He added: “He is a really talented player with a fantastic left foot, one of the best in the world because it is amazing the way he kicks the ball.

“We must pay great attention and for sure I have to talk with my players, and my goalkeeper coach has started to talk with the goalkeepers to give advice about this player, but also Tadic is a great talent, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Bertrand…They have a lot of good players.”

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