Conte: Patience in the process
news Sat 13 Jan 2018
Antonio Conte says he and Alvaro Morata are working together to help the striker return to top scoring form.
Morata has 10 Premier League goals to his name and while only two of those have come since September, the boss revealed he remains very pleased with the Spaniard’s output leading the Chelsea attack, and there should be no panic over his recent performances.
‘I like in different moments of the season to speak with every player, to speak about improvement during training sessions, and about what we can do together to improve him,’ Conte said.
‘Alvaro is a really good guy. I have no problem with him. This period is normal. Every player can have this type of situation. When the striker doesn’t score, we can say he is in trouble, but for me the most important thing is he has to continue to work for the team, and to continue to do what I ask of him during the game.
‘The most important thing is that I am happy. In this case, I am happy for him, for Michy and for the rest of the team.’
Batshuayi has largely been the support striker since joining the Blues in 2016, and Conte explained the significance of his role and the impact that competition for places can have.
‘Competition is normal in life. When you are in a great club, you have to exploit the competition. When you are in a great club, it means you have many good players in the same place.
‘We have two-and-a-half strikers, because sometimes I use Hazard in that position. He is a striker but not a point of reference, more to move around another big striker.
‘In this case there is Batshuayi to try to put a bit of pressure on, and to create in my mind a bit of doubt. There is competition. But don’t forget we are talking about two young players. For Morata this is the first full season for him. He is learning a lot from this experience. He is learning to deal with this type of situation.
‘At the same time, if we speak about Michy we are at the same level,' Conte added.
'He is a young player who had only one season that he played with regularity for Marseille. Me and the club know very well this type of situation. We must have patience to understand there is a process. We are ready to face this process.’