Friday, 15 December, 2017

Antonio Conte 'not looking for sympathy' over size of Chelsea squad

Alvaro Morata GETTYAlvaro Morata could make his full Chelsea debut at home to Burnley on Saturday
Lucia Summers | 12 August, 2017, 06:53

"But if you look at the number of players on loan, they can call a few back".

Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard as the attacker is still recovering from an ankle injury while Pedro has also been ruled out with an ankle problem that he suffered during the Community Shield defeat.

"I think this is a great possibility for Michy", Conte said in a press conference on Friday.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told Arsene Wenger he is not looking for sympathy over the size of his squad.

"The situation is clear and I stop".

But Conte has now responded saying: "I am not looking for sympathy from other coaches in this situation".

"When he was already with the Spain national team [for a friendly against Colombia last June] and before travelling to Brazil to enjoy his holidays, he was released from Chelsea by SMS by the coach Antonio Conte".

"If the club decides to send on loan the players for development it means the players are not ready to play for Chelsea".

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The Serbian's Premier League experience could prove to be a world's difference as Blues wait for the summer arrival Bakayoko to hit the ground running. And then I repeat: "the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market".

And while Chelsea have moved to plug the gap by signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, Scholes is not convinced Blues boss Antonio Conte has got the better end of the deal.

"I repeat: my only task is to focus on the pitch, what happens on the pitch, during the training session to work with my players".

Pedro's absence and Chelsea's general shortage of options could force Conte to start Morata alongside Michy Batshuayi against Burnley, though he admitted the Spain worldwide is still some way off being fully adapted to his tactical demands.

"But we won't know until the season starts because it's a big ask". For sure it will not be easy in this part of the season, but I don't want to find any excuse for me, for my staff or for my players.

"He needs time. The striker is an important role".

"In every position, we have two very good players, so I am optimistic for this season and let's forget about Madrid. This role is the most hard to adapt to then the other roles".

Fellow summer signing Rudiger is available and could make his debut on the right of a back three, with Cesar Azpilicueta shifting to wing-back in order to fill in for the suspended Victor Moses.

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