There was one surprise when Antonio Conte named his squad for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Liverpool this afternoon as Alvaro Morata was left off the teamsheet.
It was expected that the striker would not start the game, with Olivier Giroud being once again preferred to lead the line, however the Spaniard was not named as one of the 18 players in the match.
However, Morata was not just left out of the squad but it has been revealed that the 25-year-old picked up an injury in training, which means that he was not fit enough to face the Reds at Stamford Bridge.
It has not been specified what type of injury the Spaniard picked up, but it is believed to be yesterday (Saturday), meaning that he was a late absentee.
Danny Drinkwater was another name omitted from the squad list for the Blues, however that is not due to injury, but that Conte did not select him for the match and instead Ross Barkley got the nod on the bench.
Chelsea: Courtois, Rudiger, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Moses, Alonso, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Hazard, Giroud.
Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Emerson, Barkley, Pedro, Willian
Chelsea star urges Emerson Palmieri to ‘wait for his chance’
Antonio Rudiger has urged his Chelsea team-mate Emerson Palmieri to ‘wait for his chance’ at the Blues in order to get himself a first team place in the future.
The 23-year-old joined from Roma in January coming off the back of a bad ACL injury and was barely used by Antonio Conte when he joined up with the squad.
However, he has impressed in the left wing-back role with Marcos Alonso suspended, starting all three of the matches including the FA Cup semi-final victory over Southampton.
But with Alonso back in contention for the Premier League clash with Liverpool this afternoon, the Spaniard is set to come back into the starting XI and Rudiger believes Emerson is going to have to remain patient to get his chance again.
“First of all, you have to let him play. Even now after three games, you cannot say that much,” Rudiger said. “What I can say is that he did well because he has been here since January and that’s his fourth start.
“It is not easy when you are on the bench and you come on, like in the City game. That’s not easy but I think he has done well. It is important for him to stay match fit and then wait for his chance.”
“All these good performances that he has done on the pitch are because of him,” Rudiger added. “That’s the first thing. I don’t want to make myself important or something. I try to help him because we speak the same language [Italian] and he is not so confident in his English. So that’s the perfect mix and I can speak with him during games and give him directions. At the end of the day he made very good performances [for himself].”