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Conte picking Batshuayi over Morata


Antonio Conte has no concern about the fitness of Alvaro Morata, yet he will pick Michy Batshuayi instead of the Spaniard to start for Chelsea on Wednesday, when they face Bournemouth in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup

Although the Blues have their Spanish striker available for selection, Antonio Conte plans to use his Belgian frontman in a meeting with Bournemouth, GOAL understands.

Morata was also forced to the sidelines last week, when the Blues went on to defeat Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. Batshuayi watched that game from the bench, along with the former Real Madrid striker, as the Blues beat Southampton 1-0 on Saturday. However, the Belgium international will now have a chance to prove.

“[Morata] is OK. He had this problem in his back before the game against West Ham and then he struggled a lot. But now he’s working very well, he’s finding his best form. Tomorrow I want to give an opportunity and a chance to play to Batshuayi,” Conte said at a pre-game press conference.

The Italian hinted that academy products Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dujon Sterling and Ethan Ampadu could also be involved at Stamford Bridge, though Charly Musonda will miss out due to a groin complaint, GOAL continues.

“I think these players are the future for Chelsea. Sterling is a really good player, Odoi won the [Under-20] World Cup and Ampadu played the last game [in this competition] against Everton. Maybe he could start also,” the Italian added.

“I must consider the young players if they deserve to have this chance. Sterling, a lot of times, is working with us this season. Ampadu is with the first team every day and Odoi is another player that deserves to have a chance to show that he can play for this team for 10 years, for 15 years,” Conte explained.