Antonio Conte faces questions for first time as team selection contributes to Tottenham exit

Conte’s decision to rest captain Hugo Lloris was surprising, and back-up goalkeeper Pierluigi Golini was to blame for Antonio Rudiger’s winning goal, which gave Chelsea a 3–0 lead on aggregate and effectively tied the tie as a contest. way killed.

Golini ran from his line but Mason failed to connect with Mount’s corner, which threw Rudiger into the net.

The mistake was not unexpected given Golini’s shaky performance so far this season and it left Conte with something to explain.

Conte said he chose to rest Lloris, who are currently negotiating a contract extension, which includes Sunday’s north London derby at home to Arsenal, and also suggested Golini could be a part of his predecessor. Under was the club’s cup goalkeeper. Nuno Espirito Santo.

But assuming Lloris was fully fit, he needed no rest, as he last played at Stamford Bridge the week before, with Gollini also deputizing in the weekend’s FA Cup win over Morecambe.

Spurs were believed to be trailing 2–0 from the first leg and facing a tall order, but it was still a semi-final at home against one of their arch-rivals.

This wasn’t Conte’s only weird selection of nighties. Before the ball was kicked, the decision to start Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty, who had struggled badly at Stamford Bridge last week, raised eyebrows while one of Spurs’ outstanding players this season, Oliver Skip, did not.

Was Conte looking to Arsenal or even talking about the strength of his squad for the club in the wake of Monday’s no-holds-barred meetings with Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici over transfers? Whatever the case, his selections, particularly Lloris’ omission, felt like miscalculations, reducing the already slim chances of a famous return from Spurs.

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Conte has credit in the bank, but if the same selection had been made by Nuno, Spurs fans would certainly have a little doubt where to put at least some of the blame for the defeat.