Morata already ‘totally involved’ in Chelsea style – Conte

Antonio Conte says Alvaro Morata is already “totally involved” in Chelsea’s style of play.

The Spaniard, who joined from Real Madrid in the summer, scored his third goal in four Premier League appearances as Chelsea beat Leicester on Saturday.

He made his debut as a substitute in the Community Shield against Arsenal and then scored after coming off the bench on his league debut against Burnley.

Morata then netted against Everton and has also been credited with two assists, but Conte revealed the in-form forward is likely to be rested for Champions League game against Qarabag at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Boss Conte said: “He is playing very well, scoring and is totally involved in our style of football.

“He is improving a lot but he played the whole game with Spain and then the whole game against Leicester. I have to check many situations and then make the best decision.”

Drinkwater, who signed from Leicester in a £35million deal on deadline day, was an unused substitute in the 2-1 win over his former club on Saturday.

The England midfielder missed Leicester’s opening three games with a thigh injury.

And now Drinkwater is expected to sit out Chelsea’s Champions League return against Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag tomorrow night with a calf problem.

Drinkwater picked up the injury in training on Sunday, but Chelsea Conte otherwise has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Conte said: “Danny Drinkwater had a muscular problem in his calf and we are waiting to check the problem but only this, yes.”

Chelsea defender and club captain Gary Cahill is back in contention after a missing the last three games due to a domestic ban.

The win over Leicester was the first of seven games in September and Conte expects to rotate his starting line up over the next 21 days.

The Italian added: “You are never relaxed in England, because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup.The Italian added: “You are never relaxed in England, because you have to play a tough league and also FA Cup and also Carabao Cup.

“Now we are starting to play the Champions League. To play 60, 65 games it’s normal, but it’s not easy.

“In my past sometimes before a Champions League game you rested. In England it’s not easy to do this.

“It’s normal when you have to play six games in 21 days to rotate my players. I’m very calm about this because I trust my players.”

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Hector Bellerin: If Chelsea can win the Premier League – so can Arsenal

Hector Bellerin believes Arsenal are capable of overcoming a poor start to the season to clinch the Premier League title – just as Chelsea did last year.

The Gunners suffered two defeats before the start of September to suggest another season of frustration awaits Arsenal fans at the Emirates.

But Bellerin was keen to highlight Chelsea’s struggles at the start of the 2016-17 campaign to show what can be achieved during the rest of the campaign.

‘Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title,’ Spanish defender Bellerin told IBTimes UK.

‘It doesn’t only matter how you start but to be consistent. Check the Chelsea results at the beginning of last season. They had a difficult time too, they lost two games and won several games in the last minutes.

‘Then, they won 13 consecutive games and eventually won the Premier League. Manchester City, however, started very well and then faded out.

‘The important thing is to be consistent throughout the season. We have had two bad games but we now have six points and we have to look forward.’

Arsene Wenger’s side responded from last weekend’s humbling defeat at Liverpool with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, but few still believe Arsenal are capable of winning the title.

‘If we did not think that we could win the title, what we would we be doing here? It would not make any sense,’ Bellerin added.

‘We train every day very hard to be able to win the Premier League. It has only been two bad games.

‘It has been a difficult period for the Arsenal family. Players knew that we had to give our 100% against Bournemouth because we had to win no matter what.

‘It was a good way to prove that we have just had two bad games and we have to move on. I am very happy with the attitude and the result.’

Arsenal begin their Europa League campaign with a game against FC Cologne on Thursday night, before returning to league action three days later with a short trip across London to face Chelsea.

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