No place for 29-year-old: Chelsea confirmed line-up to face Burnley
By Matt Farr
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has named an unchanged side to take on Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Blues put in a convincing performance to see off title rivals Arsenal last week, and Conte has named the exact same side following the 3-1 victory.
Midfield duo Willian and Cesc Fabregas both remain on the substitutes’ bench, despite calls for the latter to earn a starting role.
Chelsea announced their confirmed line-up on the club’s official Twitter account ahead of kick-off.
Team to face Burnley: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 12, 2017
Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Pedro, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa all retain their places.
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There is one change to the substitute’s bench, however, with young defender Nathan Ake replacing the injured John Terry.
Fabregas, 29, remains on the bench despite a series of impressive cameo displays, including against Arsenal a week ago.
The midfielder has four goals and seven assists from 19 appearances this season, but has started just five Premier League games.
Chelsea can go 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win, with title rivals Tottenham slipping up against Liverpool on Saturday to hand them a greater advantage in the title race.
Defeat, on the other hand, is not likely to trouble their pursuit of domestic glory; but it at least lets their rivals off the hook for another week.
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