Chelsea legend fires blunt message at likes of Terry and Fabregas

Pat Nevin says Antonio Conte should play his strongest team in the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United

Pat Nevin has told Antonio Conte to revert to his first-choice starting line-up in the FA Cup when Chelsea host Manchester United in the quarter-finals next month.

The Blues successfully secured their spot in the last eight of the tournament with a 2-0 win over Wolves at Molineux on Saturday night.

The game allowed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to use some of his second string players, such as captain John Terry and midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

It now remains to be seen whether Conte will stick to the same policy of playing his fringe stars when Chelsea host Manchester United for a place in the semi-finals.

However, Chelsea legend Nevin feels that there can be no complaints if Conte reverts to his first-choice starting line-up for the game.

Writing in his column on Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “The question will obviously come up in the next round when Jose (Mourinho) and his team turn up at Stamford Bridge, do you stick with the same policy or do you bring back what is currently considered to be the ‘A’ team?

“Unfair though it may seem, I genuinely have no complaints about one set of players getting you part of the way and some others finishing off the job in a cup run.

“Individuals may understandably feel a little put out, but a club is there to win and if a trophy is realistically up for grabs then sentiment falls by the wayside.

“It is harsh, but the elite sportsmen and sports coaches generally all know the score on these occasions.”

Chelsea take on Swansea City in the Premier League this weekend as they look to keep their place at the top of the table.

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