Chelsea have suffered three injuries to key players in the past two weeks and it has badly affected the team’s quest to defend the Premier League, as the Blues are now nine points behind Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
Speaking about the team’s injury crisis and its causes, Conte told the media: “The problem is we are playing always the same players. And also we have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week.
“Kante, it’s the first time. For Moses, the first time. For Morata, it’s the first time to play regularly for his team. For Alonso it’s the same.
“When you have a lot of games, you need to rotate players. If this is not possible, I have to take risks. Then, for example, against Manchester City… Morata was injured after 20 minutes. But if I hadn’t put Morata in the starting XI, you’d have told me I’m crazy. Sometimes the players need to rest instead.”
He also added that the team must learn to try and do without the injured players.
He said: “We know very well our situation. For sure, when there are injuries of this type, to important players, for sure it’s very difficult for us. But there is this situation and now we must be very good to overcome and try to do our best.
“For sure, it’s not simple when you don’t have a lot of players like Morata, Kante or now Moses… important players.”