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For the second consecutive Premier League game, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata failed to make the match day squad.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri omitted Morata from the squad that won Manchester City 2-0 for tactical reasons as he described having two strikers on the bench as useless after starting Eden Hazard as a false nine. Against Brighton, Morata didn’t make the squad for a different reason.

Morata failed to make the squad to face Brighton on Sunday after picking up an injury in Chelsea’s Europa League 2-2 draw with Vidi on Thursday.

Morata was substituted in the first half for Olivier Giroud against Vidi on Thursday after picking up a knee injury.

The 26-year-old striker didn’t travel with the rest of the team for the clash at the Amex Stadium and with Sarri now preferring a front three of Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard, Morata could spend even more time away from the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Sarri revealed after the 2-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday that Hazard could be a very important player for Chelsea playing as a false nine.

“I think that, for us, he could be very important in this position,” Sarri said about Hazard after Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Brighton.

“He’s very able to come out and play with his team-mates, he is very able to create spaces.

“Now I think that, in that position, he has to improve in attacking the box.”

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