Conte: “Alvaro Morata’s impact against Southampton has been impressive”

Conte: “Alvaro Morata’s impact against Southampton has been impressive”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte explained reasons behind his decision to start with Olivier Giroud instead of Alvaro Morata as lone striker in the FA Cup final against Southampton on Sunday.

The Italian told journalists: “I decided to start with Olivier [Giroud] because I knew we had to play against the three central defenders, very strong physically, so I decided to start with Olivier. But when Morata came on, the impact was impressive. In the same way as Pedro’s impact, which was important. And also [Tiemoue] Bakayoko”.

“Morata is an important striker. I think he’s younger than Olivier. He has less experience. He is less strong physically but, at the same time, is very fast to act on the space. I’m pleased for both, for both, because in the last game against Burnley we started the game with both players and they showed a great link-up. I’m very pleased to see that, because I have another option now. Another card in my hand during the game”.