Date: 21st December 2017 at 7:03am
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With Chelsea pulling victory out of the bag with an injury-time winner against Bournemouth, after the visitors had equalised in the last-minute, a wave of relief swept around Stamford Bridge.

But it seems it wasn`t just the Stamford Bridge faithful who were relieved.

In his post-match interview, Antonio Conte spoke about not having to face extra-time and a possible penalty shoot-out, remarking,

‘To play 30 minutes more would have been a bit dangerous. We had a great reaction. It’s not simple to concede a goal in the last minute of the game.

‘When you have this reaction, it means you have players with great character and heart.’


That`s certainly true but we also have Eden Hazard who is always likely to bring something special to the table.

Continuing, Conte spoke to the media about Chelsea`s EFL Cup journey, further remarking,

“Last season, we were eliminated in the fourth round by West Ham. This season we must be happy with this achievement in reaching the semi-final of one of the two cups in England.

‘It’s great for us, especially because we reached the semi-final with a lot of rotations. From the first game against Nottingham Forest I made a lot of rotations, and for this reason I am very happy.

‘I had good responses from my players. In this cup, they showed they are very professional. I hope this game also improves the physical condition especially for the players who had injuries and who are not playing with regularity. It means we are working very well.’


But with the club in the semi-finals, will Conte keep to his rotation policy or will, with silverware in his sights, the boss revert back to the big-guns?

 
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