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Cesc Fabregas will give Antonio Conte a selection headache, insists Chelsea legend Pat Nevin

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have a selection headache ahead of Wednesday’s game against Manchester City, with having to decide whether or not to start Cesc Fabregas, according to Pat Nevin.

The 29-year-old started on Saturday and impressed in front of his boss, producing Chelsea’s only goal in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Conte changed the shape and formation of his team so he could start the Spain international – a system that has seen Chelsea rise to the top of the Premier League table.

Tottenham Hotspur could come to within touching distance on Wednesday if City take the spoils at Stamford Bridge and Nevin suggests the Italian gaffer faces a huge decision prior to the game even starting.

“Antonio Conte will have learned a lot from the Palace game,” Nevin wrote in his column for Chelseafc.com.

“There was the adaptation to allow Cesc to play which was totally understandable.

“He scored and played some beautiful passes but will the boss be tempted to go back to a more set 3-4-3 against City tomorrow?

“It is a difficult call as certainly Cesc doesn’t deserve to be left out, but it will also be on the manager’s mind that a certain style has been hugely successful for the Blues this season.

“I personally would find it very difficult to make that call one way or the other.”

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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