Morata joined Chelsea because of Conte's belief in him

Diego Costa

But personally I prefer the 5-3-2 and I think just Morata and Hazard are flawless strike partners up front.

Morata isn't used to playing week-in, week-out and playing three games in seven days could have affected him physically after bit part roles at both Juventus and Real Madrid. "But I think and hope he stays healthy". That is a chance for him to show he is a top player who can compete to be the best.

Eden Hazard started his first Premier League game of the season for the Blues but was largely ineffectual as Chelsea struggled to score against top opposition again at home.

The opener from the man Costa will join in a dream forward line from January onwards, having finalised his Atletico return from Chelsea on Wednesday (AEST), arrived five minutes before half-time but Alvaro Morata gave another indication that Conte's side will cope perfectly well without their old talisman. However, Chelsea will surely miss Morata more than City will Sergio Aguero and United will Pogba. The fact that Antonio Conte's men trail the Manchester clubs is more down to the ruthlessness of their title rivals.

"It's normal when you play three massive games in seven days you must consider this aspect but we needed to take the risk because Morata, for us, is a very important player".

Chelsea seem to be aware that Hazard may attract interest from other clubs and according to reports, could be set to hand him a new £300,000-a-week contract.

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"I have great respect for Pep", he added. I think he's the best.

Asked how many changes he might be forced to make to his team, Conte said: "I don't know".

Even after a last minute victor against Atletico Madrid and a title winning goal against West Brom, Batshuayi still isn't trusted.

Manchester City tested Chelsea's defence with rapid, fluid counter-attacking play throughout the early stages and for much of the game.

"Every coach tries always every day to take more information, new ideas and then try to elaborate with your thoughts".

"The last few games Fabian Delph has played and he had an outstanding performance".

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