Have beaten Tottenham in the FA Cup to seal their place in the final at the weekend Premier League leaders Chelsea must now resume their final push to the title in Antonio Conte’s maiden season in English football when Southampton visit Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The Saints, who beat Jose Mourinho’s Blues side at the Bridge 3-1 last season, come into this year’s clash with nothing to play for before the end of the season and off the back of a 3-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend.
However, Conte has made it very clear that his side will up for a battle given that the southerners have had ten days rest to Chelsea’s three.
Another cause for concern for the Italian is an old player of his, Manolo Gabbiadini. The striker, who joined Southampton in the January window scoring six goals in his first four games, worked with Conte in the Italy national setup for two years.
“Someone who doesn’t know him can’t understand the talent this player has,” said Conte.
“He has a fantastic left foot, one of the best in the world.
“It’s amazing the way he kicks the ball. He is a really good player, a talented player and we must pay great attention to him.”
The 25-year-old returned against Pep Guardiola’s side last weekend after a spell out with a groin injury, however, having had little to do Saints fans will be hoping he is back amongst the goals at the Bridge.