How many managers make changes at half-time when their team is winning?
Antonio Conte did this against Manchester City and it told me everything about his mindset at this stage of the season.
Conte thought: “We are going to win this game. I don’t care how.”
That’s why he took off Kurt Zouma, sent on Nemanja Matic and allowed Cesar Azpilicueta to return to the back three, where he has looked so comfortable for most of the season.
It didn’t matter to Conte that Chelsea were 2-1 up at the interval. He saw City causing problems and made the changes required to solve them.
Conte’s objective over the next eight games is simple: Get the job done. They will, too. However well Tottenham play, I cannot see Chelsea losing a seven-point lead.