Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 away from home on Sunday afternoon, and it was quite a difficult game for the Blues with N’Golo Kante’s 51st minute strike the only goal of the game.
Alvaro Morata has been absent from the Chelsea team in recent games due to injury, but the Spain international has already lost his place in the squad for lack of form.
Morata didn’t even make the bench for Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City as Maurizio Sarri now prefers to play Eden Hazard as a false nine ahead of Olivier Giroud and Morata.
With Pedro out injured, Giroud started against Palace but injured his ankle in the second half, and Morata came on to replace him with about 14 minutes left.
Sky Sports co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe has slammed Morata for his poor attitude during his warm-up before coming on. According to Hinchcliffe, Morata looked disinterested and put his hands in his pockets during the warm-up.
“We watched Alvaro Morata warming up at half-time. I say warming up… it was one of the most disinterested warm-ups I’ve ever seen,” said Sky Sports’ co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe.
“He had his hands in his pockets for most of it.”
Morata’s future at Chelsea seems to be over, with reports claiming Chelsea are ready to offload the 26-year-old for AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Reports claim AC Milan and Chelsea have reached an agreement to swap Morata for Higuain when the transfer window reopens in January. The report claims that the two sides are ‘perfecting the final details’ of an exchange which is now described as inevitable, with just the nature of the swap still to be decided.
Furthermore, Sarri has revealed that he will stick with playing Hazard as a striker, insisting that he only played Hazard as a winger against Palace because his wingers were injured.
Speaking before the win against Crystal Palace, Sarri explained injuries forced him to play Eden Hazard as a winger against Crystal Palace. Sarri has played Hazard lately as a false nine.
“We had to change because at the moment we have problems with wingers.
“Pedro is out, Callum Hudson-Odoi is out, Loftus-Cheek is out and so today I need Eden [Hazard] as a winger, so it’s normal that [Olivier] Giroud is in.
“With Giroud we have more physical impact, maybe less with playing at high speed near the box.”
With Giroud now joining Pedro, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the injury list, Sarri aditted his side are in trouble.
Speaking about Giroud’s injury, Sarri said: “The problem is his ankle. I don’t know the severity. We have to wait for tomorrow. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known tomorrow.
“In the last few days we were a bit unlucky. Yesterday in ten minutes we had three injuries – Fabregas, Loftus and Drinkwater – then Giroud today, and today we were already without Pedro and Odoi.
“We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days.”