Chelsea vs Burnley: Conte To Bench Morata For Blues’ First Premier League Game
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has said he is prepared to take “risks” with his team selection against Burnely, hinting that Michy Batshuayi could start ahead of Alvaro Morata.
The Blues spent a club-record £70million to land Morata from Real Madrid this summer, but the Spain striker has struggled so far.
Conte told the club’s official website: “It’s a great possibility for Michy. He has played every [pre-season] game from the start and it’s very important for him to play well.
“Michy is working very well, he is putting 120 per cent in every moment during the training session and during the game. We are talking about a young player. He needs to develop, but for sure he is trying to put his best in every moment of the day.
“We worked very hard with him last season. He didn’t play a lot but I think he adapted himself to our style of football. He has a lot of space to improve, he is a young player and he needs to continue to work and to improve.”
Conte also made it clear he will have no problem making tough decisions this season, as they compete in the Premier League and Champions League.
He added: “I have always worked with great pressure. It’s normal.
“It’s important to face the pressure in the right way. Sometimes you are more serious, sometimes you laugh. It’s important to have this habit to face the pressure.
“For young players it is difficult because they are not used to the pressure. They can pay for the pressure.
“It’s very difficult to judge a young player only during the training session, but there are moments you have to take risks because you don’t have other possibilities and you have to go with the young player.”