To rest, or not to rest, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the long run to field a weakened team and save ourselves for the FA Cup, or take arms against a sea of critics and take our best shot at Burnley?
No doubt Antonio Conte is pondering that very question, albeit in less poetic language. And probably in Italian. But we’re not here to discuss what he’ll do. We’re here to find out what you think he should do. Rest Hazard and Willian? Give AC a slight break? What about Cesc, who never gets a day off? And the eternal question, who should be the tip of the spear, edge of the knife, crack of my...?
Conte will address the media later today, but until then, we’re assuming that there are no new injuries of note. We’re also assuming that Marcos Alonso will serve the first game of his three-match ban (i.e. that he won’t challenge The FA’s charge), so he will join the perpetually crocked David Luiz, the broken ankled Ethan Ampadu, and the sneakily injured again Danny Drinkwater (groin this time) on the list of the unavailable.
Either way, it’s not going to be easy, Burnley never ever are and they’re in particularly good form right now in what’s been a particularly good season for them, starting with that shocking 3-2 win in August at Stamford Bridge to kick things off.