Chelsea’s star striker Alvaro Morata has been ruled out of tonight’s Premier League tie against Huddersifield Town.
The Spain international has suffered a back injury and is struggling with fitness as he has now started in all of Chelsea’s last five games, playing the full ninety minutes in four of these matches.
That’s accoridng to Antonio Conte, who spoke to the media about his potential team selection ahead of tonight’s vital game, and complained how the team’s hectic schedule leads to impossible workloads for key players like Morata.
“Morata is out, because he’s a bit tired and there is a problem in his back. He is out.
I think when you play every three days, it is impossible to have a training session and to work on the physical aspects. It’s impossible. It’s impossible because you have to prepare with the players for a game every three days.
I think we have to face the reality and will try to do our best. If I stay here to complain it is not the right way. We have to try to do our best.
For sure it is difficult because to face a game every three days is not simple, especially if your squad is not big, but at the same time we have to face this situation.
We have to try to do our best. For sure, some players can be tired, that’s normal because some players are playing from this summer and our tours in China and Singapore. It’s normal.”
– Antonio Conte
Chelsea’s second-choice striker Michy Batshuayi is an option as Morata’s replacement upfront, but Conte could be making a bigger change to his side – not only switch one striker to another.
The Italian tactician is expected to change the formation from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3, playing Eden Hazard as the team’s main forward with attacking wingers Willian and Pedro playing beside him. The attacking trio seemed brilliant together in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Qarabag a few weeks ago, and now would be the perfect time for Conte to rotate his first-team more heavily.