Antonio Conte explains why he didn’t replace Morata with Michy Batshuayi after 0-0 draw

CHELSEA boss Antonio Cone has explained his reasons for not starting Michy Batshuayi against Everton.

First choice striker Alvaro Morata was suspended for the lunchtime kick-off after being booked in midweek against Bournemouth.

But rather than play a recognised forward in Batshuayi at Goodison Park, Conte opted to play a front three of Pedro, Eden Hazard and Willian.

Batshuayi made just his sixth start of the season against Bournemouth in midweek but failed to impress.

And the Belgian, who has recently returned from a foot injury, has made clear his frustration about not being given opportunities to start for Chelsea by Conte.

But the Blues boss says he believes the trio of Pedro, Hazard and Willian was the best solution against Everton.

Conte said: “I think at this moment it is the best option for us. I have to make the best decision for the team.

“Pedro, Hazard and Willian are in good form and I’m trying to continue in this way, especially because Morata is out.

“Batshuayi played the game against Bournemouth and is coming back from injury.

“[And] I think this is the best solution for us in this moment.”

Conte was looking increasingly frustrated on the touchline at Chelsea’s failure to score, but his side did nearly get a goal when Williams headed Moses’ cross onto his own bar.

Fortunately for the Everton defender, the ball crashed off the bar and away to safety.

Conte then brought on Michy Batshuayi to salvage Chelsea’s hopes, though he could not find a way through Everton’s stalwart defence, as Michael Keane headed a late corner over the bar to end the game 0-0.

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