Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is fit to face Manchester City on Saturday, Antonio Conte has confirmed. The Spaniard was seen limping after Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Atletico Madrid in Spain on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old’s scored seven goals since joining the Blues in a club record move and scored a crucial equaliser against Diego Simeone’s side.
Pep Guardiola’s men are yet to lose this season but a win for Chelsea would see the Blues go level with City on 16 points after seven matches.
However, in what is a huge boost for the Blues, Conte has confirmed that Morata is fully fit to start at Stamford Bridge. ‘Yes, he is contention for tomorrow,’ Conte told reporters.
Morata struck up a good relationship with Hazard against Atletico Madrid and scored a header from the Belgian’s cross in the second half. Conte says it is natural for such talented players to have such a rapport.
‘When you have good players it is more simple to see this good link,’ said Conte. ‘You also have to link to improve. It is more simple when you have good players and they play together very well.’
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has confirmed that Andreas Christensen will replace David Luiz in his starting team against Manchester City.
Luiz is currently serving suspension after receiving a red card in Chelsea’s Premier League game against Arsenal. The Brazilian was sent off with three minutes to go, after a late lunge on Sead Kolasinac.
Christensen is the hot favorite to replace Luiz in the starting eleven on Saturday with Antonio Conte confirming this in his pre match press conference on Friday.
Conte says the suspended David Luiz is an important player and a big loss, but Andreas Christensen is playing well and with good maturity.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 29, 2017
Christensen has featured five times for Chelsea this season after arriving from German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
The young Dane is yet to receive a card in all the games he’s played in this season, further warranting Conte’s faith in him.