Conte Ready To Drop Surprise Name Against Tottenham

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to consider dropping Diego Costa and playing Eden Hazard up front in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

The Italian is concerned by his top scorer’s recent dip in form, and is yet to decide if he’ll definitely start him up front in one of the club’s most important games of the season.

Costa has gone off the boil since January transfer window rumours linking him with a move to the Chinese Super League, and recent speculation suggests the club could now be ready to sell him in the summer.

Michy Batshuayi could also be in contention for a rare appearance after spending much of this season on the periphery of the first-team, with Conte clearly unconvinced by Costa on recent form.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Blues boss is also ready to change his system slightly by fielding Hazard as a false nine, which worked to good effect against Leicester City in the Premier League earlier in the season.

It could be a much-changed line up in general, with Conte also facing a selection headache as he considers replacing the injured Gary Cahill with either John Terry or youngster Nathan Ake.

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