Alvaro Morata set for to play in unfamiliar role against Arsenal, Antonio Conte drops hint

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that he could change the role of the Blues marquee signing Alvaro Morata when his team take on Arsenal in the curtain-raiser of the Premier League this Sunday, reports the Metro.

The Blues signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid as a direct replacement for Diego Costa. He was part of the League Champions pre-season tour but Conte had revealed that the Spaniard was short of fitness.  Morata has been deployed on the left flank and Batshuayi in the central role and Conte reckons that he could play the star in a withdrawn role.

The Blues are currently without some key player ahead of the upcoming campaign and the attack is one area that is heavily affected. Eden Hazard  is still recovering from an ankle injury he sustained while starring for his country while Pedro only returned to training after clashing with David Ospina in a pre-season friendly.

Although the community Shield is not a major laurel, winning the game would put any team in a positive psychology state heading into the season.

“In this moment this could be an option,’ Conte said when he was quizzed about the possibility of pairing Batshuayi and Morata.

‘When you have Hazard injured and Pedro injured I don’t see other options.

‘You have only Willian. I try to find these combinations to play with these two players. This could be an option for me.

‘I want Alvaro to play like a no.9 but with his characteristics he can play no.10 as well.’

Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup after both clubs won took away three points from each other in the League. The game on Sunday will help both clubs to test their new signings and probable tactics for the upcoming season.



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