I think if we get back Dier/dembele and vertonghen it pretty much means we can rotate our entire defence/midfield with very little drop off. In fact I’m not even certain who our best full backs or CM pairing is now. It’s only really Kane Son dele eriksen where you have a noticeable drop off. Plus palace have a massive game with Southampton midweek they will prioritise.
Reading some old stuff the other day. We lost a replay at Palace midweek in 70', 1-0.
28-Jan-70 F.A. Cup 4 ®45,980 A Crystal Palace L 0-1
Went to the game and remember coming home shocked at the loss. Apparently it was Jimmy Greaves last game for us....he and few other senior players were dropped as a result, and he never played another match for us, going to West Ham. Is this right?
I totally agree about not playing a weakened team if we hope to progress, the big problem will be that 1, the match will be on a Sunday, and a little like a Europa league match we play on the Thursday in the 2nd leg v Chelsea and to top it off we have Watford at home a few days after. so a very busy period, a spot in a final, and to strengthen a top 4 spot with 3 home games on the trot that are very important.
rotation will be needed, and the Chelsea match means 1 game away from an actual Final. if you had to chose what game was more important between Chelsea or Palace which 1 would you rest players for
For myself we don't have a big enough squad to compete on four fronts and so I would rest the main stay players and hope for the best also I don't believe that Palace will for definite play there strongest team as staying in the premier league is their priority.