Full press conference: Conte on Everton draw, taking chances, Morata, Batshuayi and more

Was it frustrating as you had enough of the ball to win the game?

“I think in this game, you don’t need all the possession. We had 26 shots with only eight on target. We also hit the crossbar and the defender saved the ball on the line.

We must be disappointed because this type of game you deserve to win and get three points. You have to take three points against Everton, a team outside of the top six who I consider the best in the league.

To play in this way with great personality, intensity and great concentration as they defended very deep. In this type of situation, every player must pay great attention and have great character.

The defenders played very well. It’s a pity, but at the same time we played very well with a good performance. Another clean sheet.

If you want to win this game, you must score. You must be more clinical and take the chances.”

Some people will be surprised Michy Batshuayi was only given 20 minutes at the end given the scoreline. Can you explain why that was?

“There’s nothing to explain. I decided to play with Hazard, Willian and Pedro. It’s not the first time. I have to make the best decision for my team. I think today I took the best decision.”

Are you struggling with a balance in the team?

“It’s important to keep balance in the team. Don’t forget our striker Morata was out. For us, he’s very important as he’s our finisher.

At the same time we played with second options. We had three No10s in Hazard, Pedro and Willian. We created many chances to score and we must be more clinical.

I understand if you draw a game without dominating or you risk to lose to the game. We were unlucky today. We hit the crossbar and were unlucky in the box. This is football.

The most important thing is to play football this way and force your opponent to defend.”

Would the game be different if Morata started?

“I don’t know. You asked me if there was balance in the team and I answered you. Today we played without our striker. We’ve played this way many times this season.

Don’t forget that Michy started many games at the start of the season and now he’s coming back from injury. He played for 75 minutes against Bournemouth.

I’m happy with the commitment of my players. We tried to do our best and sometimes it’s enough. Sometimes you find this type of situation where it’s a pity to drop points against Everton. We played very well.

You can drop points against Everton and it’s normal.

You play your way against a really good team. I think we deserved three points with this type of performance.”

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