How strong is Chelsea's mentality?
There will have been a lot of soul-searching at the club after the defeat at Old Trafford. I know how it feels to lose a major game in the latter parts of the season – it can generate uncertainty about strategies that have not been questioned up to that point. You need to have a strong mentality to push through it and get back to the basics of winning matches.
Watching the game, I was struck at how subdued Antonio Conte was on the touchline. His passion and energy have often worked with his team, as if the two power each other on, but against Manchester United he was a quieter presence.
Chelsea have led the way this season and there is no reason they cannot win this FA Cup semi-final, although it is perfectly balanced between the league’s two top teams, with the chasing party in the better form.
It goes without saying that Chelsea will need all the players...
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