Opposition View: Chelsea

By SFC Media time Sat 21 Apr Chelsea v Saints
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte believes last weekend’s league meeting is proof that his Chelsea side are in for a tough game when they face Southampton in Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final.

The Blues visited St Mary’s only a week ago and found themselves 2-0 down, before mounting a stunning eight-minute comeback to turn the game on its head.

Chelsea followed up that result with victory at Burnley to revitalise their faint hopes of gate-crashing the top four, but attentions now turn to Wembley for Conte and co.

"It won't be easy,” he said. “Five days ago we were 2-0 down at Southampton, but I saw a fantastic spirit at Burnley. We must continue this way."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Maya Yoshida (right) runs along side Jan bednarek (left) as Jan scores for Southampton FC during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Jan Bednarek celebrates scoring on his Premier League debut against Chelsea

Conte started with two strikers at Turf Moor, as Olivier Giroud partnered Alvaro Morata, and hinted he may continue in the same vein against Saints.

"They showed a great link and a great combination, and at the same time they worked very hard for the team,” he continued.

"Our strikers created a lot of difficulties for the central defenders and we surprised Burnley.

“The first target was to bring more players into the box. Sometimes, when we play with only one striker, we struggle to fill the box. When we cross we only have one player.

“With two strikers, you fill the box better and have the possibility to hold the ball better.

"To see Giroud and Morata play this way gives me satisfaction. It's an option, for Sunday or maybe for the future.”

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