Conte backs Christensen ahead of City game

Posted October 02, 2017

Chelsea are now six points off the pace set by the Manchester clubs at the summit - United are one shy of City on goal difference after thumping Crystal Palace 4-0 - but Conte pointed towards a tough run of fixtures handed to his side over the opening weeks of the season.

But Morata will have a chance to put that to bed this weekend when he takes on top of the table Man City. In fact, since his loan move to Turin in 2014/15 - he has scored 36 goals in Serie A/LaLiga/Premier League games with 33.3% of them coming via headers.

"When you have good players it's more simple to find this link, to find this combination, to play together very well", Conte said.

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Conte had complained earlier this week that his players would not have enough time to recover from Wednesday's Champions League game, saying his side were being "penalised" by the scheduling. Morata spent two years at Juventus and although he was a regular starter in his first season in Turin, Max Allegri usually picked up the likes of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic in the second campaign of Morata with the bianconeri. That means we are a good team'. The changes made little difference though as only a small late flurry of attacking action was achieved, while at the other end Antonio Rudiger was needed on the line to clear and prevent Gabriel Jesus from doubling the City advantage. If you add the excellent Cesar Azpilicueta to the mix - it's easy to see Morata nodding home a few more before the season comes to close.

Michy Batshuayi and Pedro came on shortly after City took the lead, as Eden Hazard and Tiémoué Bakayoko replaced them on the bench. I don't think it's serious.

"I really like him but I expect them to probably sign another centre-forward in January". My task is to try and push him to be decisive in every moment, in every game.

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To play another massive game two days later you must consider the fatigue in the legs of your players.

However, Morata has got off to a flying start at Stamford Bridge and has six goals in the Premier League from just six games to his name so far.

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