Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has been made the scapegoat for Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday but Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists the whole team and not just Batshuayi should be blamed.
When asked about Batshuayi’s performance against Crystal Palace, Conte said: “Why do you have to speak about Batshuayi and for example not another player?
“I think that the performance of the whole team was bad.
“Today, our performance was bad. I trust in every one of my players. I try to give everyone the opportunity to take their chances but also because we have only [two strikers] Morata and then Batshuayi.”
Batshuayi wasn’t happy with the decision to substitute him in the 56th minute but Conte insists it’s normal to be angry after a bad performance.
“I didn’t see this [Batshuayi’s reaction to being substituted] but it is normal to be angry after a bad performance. But today, every player had a bad performance,” Conte added.
“I know my players, I know my squad very well, between last season and this season. I think, above all, for the players that I am working with from last season, I know them very well, but I think that I have players with a great will to work.
“A great will to fight. For sure, we have to find the strength to overcome this moment because everyone can see our situation.”