ANTONIO CONTE HAD A PLAN B LONG BEFORE DIEGO COSTA’S SUSPENSION

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How will Chelsea line up against Bournemouth on Boxing Day without suspended Diego Costa? That seems to be the question everyone is asking.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin revealed Antonio Conte would certainly have been working on a plan B long before Costa’s suspension.

“Who will start up front for Chelsea against this new central partnership (of Bournemouth) will be a topic of feverish discussion this week, with Michy Batshuayi the clear favourite to get the nod,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.

“The manager would have worked hard on the training ground long before the suspension knowing it was always likely to happen eventually and he would also be covering for unexpected injuries to our top scorer.

“There will certainly be a plan B, and maybe a C, D, E and F. There is of course young Dominic Solanke as a similar-styled player to put in there but remember the likes of Pedro and Eden Hazard are capable of playing through the middle and terrorising big defenders. Both would have done it before and both would absolutely relish the opportunity.”

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