Terry, a non-playing substitute in the Bradford debacle, has seen his game-time limited this season by injury #8212; but Conte has praised the 36-year old for his support on the training ground and in the dressing room. Terry loves the FA Cup and will play with the zeal of an 18-year old should he be selected.
The game looked over, but somehow Mourinho#8217;s side (which featured the likes of Petr Cech, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar and Didier Drogba) managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
While away support at Stamford Bridge will number 6,000 enthusiastic, noisy Peterborough supporters, the loudest cheer of the day will surely greet the return of Terry. Chelsea#8217;s revered captain, leader, legend will be fired up for the game and his approach will be the same as if the Blues were facing Barcelona rather than a mid-table League One outfit.
Conte#8217;s team, who despite the 2-0 loss at White Hart Lane still head the Premier League by five points, were distinctly second best against Spurs in a game in which they failed to match the intensity of the home side and fell short in their effort to equal Arsenal#8217;s 14-game winning run from 2001-02.
Branislav Ivanovic could be handed a start ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry could replace Gary Cahill and 20-year old academy graduate Ola Aina could come in for Victor Moses at right wing-back. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another product of Chelsea#8217;s youth system, will also pressing for inclusion.
It#8217;s quite possible Conte might rotate even further.
While Chelsea will start as red-hot favourites to win the match, Blues supporters still recoil in horror at the memory of the 4-2 home fourth round FA Cup defeat to Bradford City also of League One in 2015. Two years ago, a table-topping Blues side, managed at the time by Jose Mourinho, were cruising to the Premier League title and romped into a 2-0 lead against Bradford.