CONTE EXPLAINS MORATA/BATSHUAYI/HAZARD SITUATION AT CHELSEA

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has two main strikers in Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi, and he has on some occasions played Eden Hazard as a false nine.

The Italian has spoken about the roles of the three players and have admitted that he’s happy with the competition Batshuayi offers.

“Competition is normal in life. When you are in a great club, you have to exploit the competition. When you are in a great club, it means you have many good players in the same place.

“We have two-and-a-half strikers, because sometimes I use Hazard in that position. He is a striker but not a point of reference, more to move around another big striker.

“In this case there is Batshuayi to try to put a bit of pressure on, and to create in my mind a bit of doubt. There is competition. But don’t forget we are talking about two young players. For Morata this is the first full season for him. He is learning a lot from this experience. He is learning to deal with this type of situation.

“At the same time, if we speak about Michy we are at the same level,’ Conte added.

“He is a young player who had only one season that he played with regularity for Marseille. Me and the club know very well this type of situation. We must have patience to understand there is a process. We are ready to face this process.”

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