Confirmed Chelsea line-up v Watford: 36-year-old starts as Conte rings the changes
By Matt Farr
Antonio Conte has made nine changes to his Chelsea side to face Watford in the Premier League on Monday night.
Michy Batshuayi, Asmir Begovic, N’Golo Kante, John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kenedy and Willian all come into the starting eleven.
Thibaut Courtois, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Victor Moses, Marcos Alonso, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Pedro, meanwhile, all drop out of the side.
Chelsea announced their confirmed line-up on their official Twitter account ahead of kick-off.
Team to face Watford: Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Ake, Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy, Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard. #CHEWAT
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 15, 2017
Terry, 36, is handed only his first Premier League start since September 11, having lost his place in the first-team this season.
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But he is handed an opportunity to make an emotional farewell, as he prepares to depart the club this summer after an incredible 22 years of service.
Nathaniel Chalobah, Kenedy and Nathan Ake are also handed rare starts, while the ever-present Kante returns from injury.
There is also a place on the bench for third-choice goalkeeper Eduardo, as well as youngster Ola Aina.
Just two players, Cesar Azpilicueta and Eden Hazard, retain their places in the side, following the 1-0 win over West Brom last time out.
With Chelsea having already secured the league title, they instead turn their attention to their upcoming FA Cup Final clash against Arsenal on May 27.
Therefore, Conte has opted to rest a number of his key players ahead of the clash, with his side still looking to secure the double.