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Antonio Conte has done very little wrong since taking the reigns at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016. Having won the Premier League title in his debut season with a side who had just finished tenth, he wasted no time writing his name into Chelsea’s history books.

However, Conte is not above criticism. When he gets it wrong, us fans should not shy away from highlighting it – and we are not going to. Here’s three things that the Italian got wrong during the Blues’ stalemate with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Starting Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill may be club captain following John Terry’s departure, but that does not mean he should be guaranteed a spot in Conte’s starting eleven when available. His recklessness cost us on the opening day against Burnley, and Antonio Rudiger has proven himself able to deputise in his absence. The German should have been given the opportunity to continue his run in the side at Cahill’s expense.

Dropping Tiemoue Bakayoko

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, of course, but it was clear from the first minute on Sunday that Chelsea were losing the midfield battle. N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas as a partnership are far too lightweight to form a midfield on their own against a team of Arsenal’s quality. As soon as Bakayoko was introduced, we looked like a different team. He needs to be starting going forward.

Wrapping Eden Hazard in cotton wool

Eden Hazard has recovered from his ankle injury. After returning to fitness, he played 77 minutes against Gibraltar, 16 minutes against Greece, 12 minutes against Leicester City and 32 minutes against Qarabag. That’s a total of 137 minutes of action. It is difficult to understand why Conte waited until the 70th minute to introduce Hazard in a game as big as Sunday’s. He is our best player, and we’re a different team with him in the side.

Fingers crossed Conte learns from his mistakes and acts accordingly.

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Abdul kadir
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Abdul kadir

More to the fact willian feels there is no way he can be kept on bench. And for that matter when he go to Brazil, he works hard for the national team and when he comes back to Chelsea he is jogging

Regan
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Regan

I 100000000000% agree he got it wrong

kiden
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kiden

Conte just takes unenneccasry gambles! Hazard has no business on the bench..bakayoko needed to start William needed to rest because of his commitment on Tuesday! I feel conte is just trying to get used to life without hazard in anticipation of his sale!

Adnan
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Adnan

Conte deserves a kick on his backside

Solomon
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Solomon
In addition to the aforesaid points, I think I should add that Williams style of play seems to be taking the team off guard. There’s no disputing the fact that he was excellent against Qarabag – sure, he did have freedom of play. But when that game is compared with… Read more »
Sydney Ogwali
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Sydney Ogwali

I totally agree with you on this matter because Eden Hazard needed to start together with Bakayoko while Fabregas a substitute material could have waited till the 70th minute and William. Coach was very wrong there. Good observation.

Amoo Adetoyi
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Amoo Adetoyi

Yeah, this is good observation, but is just a human error, we learn from our mistakes.keep the flag flying. Up Chelsea

anthony buhagiar
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anthony buhagiar

have to admit that you have targeted the problem we had on Sunday also to add that the Italian seems to be fitter than Moses and had to be introduced as well.You get better when yu learn from your mistakes.Lets hope for the best

pardon
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Christesen and rudiger should play more lui and cahil have become more of a liability to the team. Hazard should also play on any day if hes fit Conte must know when to take a gamble and not lay back. He needs to rotate his team and keep the hunger… Read more »
clement
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Start the discussionotherwise we are not badly of

clement
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Start the discussionfor sure conte made a mistake by benching hazard…hazard has the quality to play big gsmes but coming the bench gives him little chances…he had better gone if that is the case

Chelsea Alan
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Chelsea Alan
I expect Conte was depending on Cahill’s vast experience playing against Arsenal over the years and against the likes of Giroud and Sanchez. He most probably thought the Chelsea captain would bring experience and calm to last season’s first choice back three. As the article states ‘hindsight’ is a wonderful… Read more »
Richard
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Richard

I agree that no partnership between N’golo and fab, it means n’golo will work double.

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