Antonio Conte makes honest admission about Alvaro Morata at Chelsea FC
Antonio Conte discusses Chelsea's recent struggles in front of goal, and Alvaro Morata's form
Antonio Conte has insisted that Chelsea FC’s lack of goals in recent games is not just down to Alvaro Morata’s finishing.
The west London side stuttered to their third goalless draw in a row on Saturday afternoon when they were held to a stalemate by Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
That result followed goalless draws against both Arsenal and Norwich in the cup competitions and left the Blues even further off the pace in the race for the Premier League title.
Chelsea will now aim to try and get back to winning ways when they host Norwich City at Stamford Bridge in the replay of their FA Cup third round clash.
And Conte has opted to try and deflect some of Chelsea’s struggles off Morata and onto his team as a whole.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Saturday, Conte said: “I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata.
“Compared to last season we are conceding less and showing more solidity, but we haven’t had great quality in our finishing.
“A lot of time defenders have had chances to score but didn’t take them. We have to try to improve in this aspect, but the problem is not just for Morata, or Batshuayi when he plays. We have to improve our quality in the last step.”
Chelsea won the Premier League title in style in Conte’s first campaign at the club but the Blues did not have the distraction of any European football that season.
The west London side have already made their first signing of the January transfer window after completing a deal to bring Ross Barkley to the club from Everton at the start of the month.