Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has defended his decision not to start Alvaro Morata against Barcelona by claiming the balance in the team would have been lost if Morata had started up front in a 3-5-2.
Conte opted to play Eden Hazard as a false nine with Willian and Pedro either side of him as the Blues played out a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s a pity about the draw and there are regrets, because when you play against a side like Barcelona, you need the perfect performance to win,” Conte told Mediaset Premium.
“We did that for nine tenths of the game and unfortunately paid for our only error. Now we need a massive performance at Camp Nou.
“Playing Alvaro Morata from the start, with him and Eden Hazard, without Willian or Pedro, would’ve lost our balance. It would’ve been suicidal.’
Chelsea travel to Spain for the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.
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