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Chelsea lost their last league game before the international window as the Blues fell 1-0 to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge just a week ago.

The game started as a keen contest with both teams threatening in the opening stages of the game. An injury to Alvaro Morata just after 34 minutes however killed Chelsea’s steam and the Blues lacked a focal point as he was replaced by Willian.

Chelsea eventually lost the game, but former Blue Graeme Le Saux believes Chelsea would have taken at least a draw had Morata not gotten injured.

The Betfair ambassador said: “Chelsea are a team that have a real resilience and mental toughness though and that will always see them there or thereabouts come the end of the season.”

He added: “What he (Morata) brought to Chelsea on Saturday is exactly why they’ll miss him.

“He stretched the City back four and his movement forced them far deeper than Pep Guardiola would’ve liked.

“And I do think that if Morata had stayed on the pitch, it quite easily could’ve finished as a draw against Manchester City.”

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