Alvaro Morata could be your Weekend(er) saviour in more ways than one

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Conte was publicly critical of the decision to schedule Chelsea's match against City on Saturday rather than Sunday, ensuring that he could only prepare his team for one day at Cobham after Wednesday's comeback victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. When there is room to travel, to go and see a game, it's OK.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Chelsea feel a "bit penalised" by the fixture scheduling, having had both the disadvantage of playing away and a day later than Manchester City ahead of Saturday's big match between the teams. However, Chelsea will surely miss Morata more than City will Sergio Aguero and United will Pogba.

Morata was not a regular starter at Real Madrid last season and that's the main reason why the Spaniard left the Bernabeu.

And Conte reckons it is only right to give players the responsibility to do what they please on their days off as they are "not kids".

"He is also good in aerial play and very good with the ball at his feet".

Even after a last minute victor against Atletico Madrid and a title winning goal against West Brom, Batshuayi still isn't trusted.

"I'm seeing great determination in him", the Italian added. "We have the points we deserve".

"He's really bang on and we were talking about Harry Kane but this lad has just come straight in". I like to watch his games.

Four of those goals have come in the last two games, with a strike against Atletico Madrid following hot on the heels of a hat-trick against Stoke. "I love this from him, and I ask it of him because, [when it comes to] a player with his talent, it's important to ask him to be decisive every game".

And, six of those seven goals were scored without Eden Hazard starting.

"Honestly, I am not anxious", added Conte.

Chelsea are top of the standings after back-to-back wins, two points clear of Roma, while Atleti have ground to make up in their pending double-header against Qarabag.

"I think you have to consider that in seven games we played with Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and also Everton", he said. "I'm happy for his performances".

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