Conte not surprised by Morata's start

Morata hails Hazard quality after momentous Madrid win for Chelsea

"Man City will have great confidence and it will not be easy but my team has prepared well in limited time", Conte said in his presser on Friday. Morata is showing that Conte was right to trust him with succeeding Costa and the ex-Real Madrid star will be keen to get on the scoresheet against Guardiola's side.

Allegations about Terry's relationship with Bridge's ex-partner had been all over the media and the first game between the two former England team mates began with Bridge shunning the Chelsea player's hand before kickoff.

They haven't conceded a league goal since August. However, with Sergio Aguero out injured due to a recent auto accident as well, both sides seem to be lacking their main strikers for this enormous tie. Usually when you have this kind of accident, it's not good.

Costa officially joined his former club on September 26, after three years at Chelsea, but he will not be able to play with La Liga side until January due to a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban that prevents the Rojiblancos from registering new players before then, reports Efe.

"(But) I don't like selfish players, honestly.

"It was great experience, they were big games", he said this week.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte blasted Premier League schedulers over his side's short turnaround from Champions League action before facing high-flying Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

"I like to give responsibility".

"I am not surprised because I know Alvaro very well".

Eden Hazard is in line to make his first Premier League start against City on Saturday.

City will look to exploit any delays in Chelsea's reaction time, any lapses in concentration and any sluggishness. For sure I have great respect for Pep. "I like to watch his game".

Chelsea have bounced back after opening day defeat to Burnley - the stalemate with Arsenal two weeks ago is the only match in their last eight they've failed to win. "But I have to check the physical condition for every single player, and then make the best decision". The 24-year-old has likely sustained a minor knock, but it is unclear whether he will be fully fit to face City this week.

"My task is sometimes to try and push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game". Pedro and Willian also remain important figures for Chelsea's hopes this season but this new 3-5-2 shows another devastating way of lining up, especially when the two up top are Hazard and Morata.



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