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Conte patient with Morata


The Blues striker has been far from the form he showed in the start of the campaign, but his manager is not worried.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has insisted that Alvaro Morata is still young and patience is the key towards his development. The Spaniard arrived at Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window as a replacement for departed Diego Costa, who re-joined Atletico Madrid.

Morata has scored 10 goals in 19 appearances so far, but his latest games have seen him miss a number of great opportunities, which has caused a lot of criticism towards his finishing in front of the goal.

As Chelsea do not have a lot of attacking options, Conte has often used Hazard on the edge of the attack even though the Belgium international is used to having a deeper role on the pitch. However, he offered his support towards Morata and struggling Batshuayi, stating that they are still young and have a lot of time for development.

“I think there is competition but at the same time don’t forget you are talking about two young players and for Morata this is the first full season for him, and he is learning a lot from this experience. Learning to deal with these type of situations and if we speak about Michy we are at the same level. ” the Italian said as quoted by the Independent.

“He has only one season he played regularly for Marseille. We are talking about young players. Me and the club know very well this situation and for this reason we must have patience to understand there is a process and we are ready to face this process.”