Antonio Conte pleads for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to be given time

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

'The rest of them were actually really good performances and we were unlucky not to get something from a couple of them, but it'll be a really good test for us early in the season'.

Chelsea begin their title defence Saturday at home against Burnley and Conte expects tougher campaign than the one before.

"I have sympathy for him [Conte]", the Arsenal manager said, "but do I..."

The Blues sold the Sebian global in a £40million deal, despite the midfielder playing a pivotal role in the Blues' Premier League title win last season.

Antonio Conte hinted the transfer was out of his hands and has cut a frustrated figure this summer with Chelsea's business in the summer window.

Chelsea recently lost to Arsenal on penalties in their Community Shield clash but look ahead to their Premier League opener against Burnley at Stamford Bridge. This is my message. My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team. What happens in the transfer market, the club is trying to do their best.

"[They have improved from last year] in the way they work in the training session".

Pedro's absence and Chelsea's general shortage of options could force Conte to start Morata alongside Michy Batshuayi against Burnley, though he admitted the Spain worldwide is still some way off being fully adapted to his tactical demands. "They are working very well and it is a pleasure for me". "He's starting to understand what I want about him during the game". "He needs time. The striker is an important role. This role is more hard to adapt than the other roles".

The Italian said that another of his signings, Antonio Rudiger, "could start" against Burnley in place of the suspended Victor Moses.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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