Tottenham may be breathing down Chelsea's necks in the Premier League, but that doesn't mean that Antonio Conte is taking them too sersiouly for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley.
The Italian tactician has bemused a great many supporters - not to mention neutrals - by opting to leave both Diego Costa and Eden Hazard on the bench.
Fair to say these have caused a stir https://t.co/hmmPFxydsw— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) 22 April 2017
For the record, that's Chelsea's top two goalscorers sitting on the bench with a combined total of 34 goals between them this season.
Madness right? Well Twitter certainly thought so anyway...
Costa AND Hazard start on the bench for Chelsea! pic.twitter.com/lUkj5UOVaM— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) 22 April 2017
Chelsea fans hearing that Hazard and Costa are on the bench... pic.twitter.com/IbACmWWMnF— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) 22 April 2017
Hazard and Costa both on the bench, talk about handing the initiative to Spurs!— Mr DT © (@MrDtAFC) 22 April 2017
Can't wait for Spurs to think they're man marking Hazard but then Willian starts, unreal mind games— Ben (@CriminalCosta) 22 April 2017
What is conte thinking?? Willian and batshuayi start 樂樂樂樂— Jay Swiderski (@JaybirdCFC) 22 April 2017
Still, at least some saw the funny side to this bemusing decision in a match which may, or may not, also have a baring on the title race.
Wow. Sat on Chelsea's bench today will be Terry, Fabregas, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Ander Herrera. #CHETOT— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 22 April 2017
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both out for Chelsea, with reports suggesting playful scuffling yesterday led to Costa eating the Belgian.— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) 22 April 2017
Antonio Conte is obviously aware of Tottenham's record at Wembley.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 22 April 2017