Chelsea fans question why Rudiger isn’t in Conte’s starting eleven

Chelsea travel to face Southampton in a dress rehearsal for next Sunday’s FA Cup semi final at Wembley now seeking to avoid being caught in the race for fifth place by Arsenal.

The Gunners are just three points behind their London rivals after last weekend’s results and Antonio Conte could do with all three points at St Mary’s to help his side regain confidence and keep their noses in front.

That match at Wembley is now Chelsea’s biggest game of the season, but the Saints are on the hunt for every point they can muster in order to get out of the very real relegation trouble they are in.

As Conte looks to arrest the slump that has seen Chelsea endure a torrid 2018 as well as settle on a formula for success in the final four of the FA Cup, he has selected a side close to full strength, but with Antonio Rudiger – valued at £36m by Transfermarkt – not even in the 18.

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