Date: 20th April 2017 at 12:27pm
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The eyes of the world will be watching Chelsea Football Club this Saturday tea-time.

When Chelsea go head-to-head with Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, they`ll be looking to see if, after the defeat inflicted by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Easter Sunday, if we`re a side that is on the wane.

Matters aren`t helped by the fact we`re playing our closest rivals in the race for the Premier League 2016 / 2017 title, Tottenham Hotspur.

A loss would have the TV pundits clambering over each other to comment on Chelsea`s impending collapse, but they would do so at their own peril.

Chelsea, as Antonio Conte well knows, have not become a bad side overnight and he`ll be looking for his starting eleven to impress that fact on the millions watching.

As long as Thibaut Courtois and Victor Moses are passed fit to play, the only possible decision Conte has when it regards to selecting his starting eleven, lies in midfield, presuming his loyalty to a misfiring Diego Costa remains in place.

Our Italian gaffer will have to decide whether to opt for Nemanja Matic or Cesc Fabregas alongside the industrious N`Golo Kante.

Matic would add to the defensive ring in front of the Chelsea back-three whilst Fabregas would bring his unique artistry to the game with his unerring ability to play that precise ball that would open up the Spurs defence and, hopefully, adding to the assists tally he has.

It`s a difficult decision for Conte to make, does his sacrifice a little defensive stability to make Chelsea even more potent going forward, knowing that Fabregas` game is suited to the acres of space that Wembley provides?

What, given the chance, would you do?

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