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by upthechels @, 01/10, 10:43

I can't help but think playing Morata and Hazard in Madrid cost us a shot at yesterday. I think Conte's focus wasn't that of a chess playing manager plotting his next move. We all know Morata and Eden are short of full fitness and with that in mind did Conte really expect both of them to manage two very tough games inside 3 days? . Morata was on his knees in Spain - such were his admirable efforts. I posted on Facebook we had to manage the team to play the 2 tough games but after the events it seems to me Conte left very little in reserve for City. We also saw Fabregas play virtually the 2 games...really? I'm a huge fan of Fabregas but no way in the world do I see 176 minutes of football inside a few days with a couple of thousand miles between venues from him.

Did Conte see the Atletico game as the big one?
Has Conte decided we won't win the PL and put his chess playing skills to to use in Europe?
His record in the CL is often questioned so is this a personal crusade to clear his name?

Let me make this clear...I'm NOT having a pop at Conte or the team - I'm just trying to fathom out why 3 key players in Morata, Hazard and Fabregas were not employed knowing two of them were still in 'recovery' and the other just isn't a 180 minute player inside 3 days. This is not hindsight...it seems a lack of planning to me. Unless Conte got exactly what he wanted...victory in Spain accepting he never got the bonus of nicking something from City. There are players I don't worry about playing hectic games...Aspi and Kante spring to mind - others need to be played wisely imo.

We all hate the term 'tiredness' so early in a season. We all know the players are professional sportsmen paid millions of pounds to be in top condition. Why did we see a tired looking side? Hazard ran his guts out trying to be both Morata and himself. Did Conte use his squad wisely over the 2 games? I'm not so sure he did.

Michy...I get the feeling he frustrates the hell out of Conte and the least the Don sees of him the better. We all saw a straight swap yesterday but not Conte. This could be because Conte never wanted to lose another striker to injury...we don't really know but I suspect the former.

by CLL_JT26, 01/10, 10:57 @ upthechels

After being in Madrid Wednesday, I thought conte might go with a fresh front 3 of Pedro, batshuayi and Willian. With hazard and morata to change the game off the bench if needed, similar to what he did against sp*rs in the fa cup last year.

One thing I think from this week is - if we are going to play 3 in CM, then let's have a look at a back 3 of azpi, Christensen and rudiger with Luiz moving in to midfield alongside kante and bakayoko.

Christensen and rudiger continue to impress me, moving forward - they have to play more. (Probably at the expense of Cahill)

by upthechels @, 01/10, 10:58 @ CLL_JT26


by Famous, 01/10, 11:51 @ upthechels

Agree with a lot of that, I do think he'd rather the CL ahead of the PL (as would I, if I'm honest) and outside of the core group of 14/15 players, he probably doesn't see enough strength in depth in the squad to go on all four fronts. That is where the Manchester clubs have the edge on us.

by upthechels @, 01/10, 12:10 @ Famous


by upthechels @, 01/10, 12:16 @ Famous

I can see why he would prefer the CL. I just feel there was an acceptable draw to be had from both games but we went at both like they were do or die. ..they were far from that.

That said, it's a game for supporters and those that were in Madrid have a lifelong memory of an excellent night.

by Famous, 01/10, 13:37 @ upthechels

[^] Time will tell how damaging that defeat yesterday will be. I would have definitely taken the draw beforehand.
One thing we can't rely on this year is going on another record-breaking winning streak, not with the CL games across the season.

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