Conte blundered with Febregas final snub, claims ex-Chelsea favourite

first_imgRay Wilkins claims Chelsea boss Antonio Conte blundered by leaving Cesc Fabregas out of his FA Cup final side.The Blues were denied a league and cup double as they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, but Wilkins believes it could have been a different story had the Spaniard been involved from the start.Instead, Conte preferred Nemanja Matic in the central midfield role alongside N’Golo Kante and the game was past the hour mark before former Gunner Fabregas was introduced into the action.And ex-Stamford Bridge player and coach Wilkins feels the decision to bench Fabregas, who has been in brilliant form in the closing weeks of the season, cost the Premier League champions.“You saw the Italian coach come out in Conte in that he went with two holding midfielders, rather than putting in the one who could create and open up Arsenal,” Wilkins said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The game was crying out for Fabregas to be put on at half-time. He’s the one player who can open teams up with one pass and I would have played him.”Cesc Fabregas unhappy with FA Cup final snub and refuses to rule out summer exitlast_img

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