Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of Community Shield clash against Arsenal: the Italian coach is not concerned about some important absences, like the ones of Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Pedro, all injured:
“It was a pity to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us,” he said recalling last May final.
“Now there is another game, we know very well Arsenal are a strong team. We are expecting a difficult game and we want to start the season with a win.
“I think the friendlies have ended for us, this is an official game and the first trophy of the season. It’s an important game, for sure.
“Chelsea and Arsenal are not in the best form because we are in the first part of the season, but we want to play a really good game with high intensity and prepare for the start of the season.’
Speaking about Sunday’s game, Conte said that it’s possible for Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi to play alongside:
“In this moment it could be an option,” the Italian manager revealed.
“When you have Hazard injured, Pedro injured and only Willian, I don’t see other options. For this reason I tried the combination of the two players. For sure, Alvaro wants to play as a number nine but with his characteristics he could play number 10.
“I have another day to make the best decision for the starting 11. Alvaro is working very well and trying to reach the best physical condition and go into our idea of football. He needs a bit of time but he is working very well. I don’t know what my decision will be but he is a really good player and a good person.”