Antonio Conte explains why angry Alvaro Morata was subbed off against Burnley

Antonio Conte explains why 'angry' Alvaro Morata was subbed off against Burnley
Alvaro Morata struggled to make an impact for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte claims Alvaro Moratas miss played no part in his decision to take him off during Chelseas 2-1 victory over Burnley.

With the Blues already a goal ahead, Morata had the chance to kill the game when he charged through on goal with just Nick Pope to beat.

But the Spaniard failed to hit the target and was replaced by Eden Hazard shortly after.

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In the dug-out, Morata was seen throwing his shin pads and boots to the ground and engaging with Burnley fans who were goading him.

Asked whether club-record signing Morata was taken off because of the miss, Conte said: No, honestly.


Around 70 minutes, I thought that it was better to put fresh strength with Hazard. He is a player that has different characteristics to Morata.

Chelsea's Spanish striker Alvaro Morata (2nd L) shoots wide during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on April 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
He missed a great chance to double Chelseas lead (Picture: AFP)

I am pleased for their performances, they played very well.

On Moratas reaction to be subbed off, Conte added: Alvaro must be angry, because when you have the chance to score you have to score and it can change your confidence.

He was angry with himself for his missed chance. But I have to see his whole performance and it wasnt possible in the past to play with two strikers. They did a great job, as did the whole team.

Chelsea took the lead at Turf Moor thanks to Shane Longs own goal – the defender put the ball into the back of his own net from a Victor Moses cross.

Burnley's James Tarkowski (left) and Chelsea's Alvaro Morata (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 19, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Burnley. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or
Morata joined Chelsea last summer in a club-record deal (Picture: PA)

Burnley, chasing European football, equalised in the second half through Ashley Barnes but Moses settled the affair five minutes later with a fine strike.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Conte added: We played a good game against a difficult team because it is not simple to play against Burnley.

We played the game very well and the two strikers worked very well. They played a fantastic game with and without the ball. The whole team played an intensive game. We deserved to win.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, meanwhile, said: They had a couple of moments where they had a couple of golden chances, mainly from our bad play. The first goal was a mix up.

Antonio Conte explains why 'angry' Alvaro Morata was subbed off against Burnley
Contes side now turn their attentions to the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)

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There has been a bit of noise around them but they are still a top side. I am really pleased with our growing mentality. It is not easy when you are a goal down to come out and take the game on and I felt we did that.

I am really pleased with how we are going about our business this season. All in all, closer than where we have been in the past where we have been with these sides. Not disappointed overall.

We are not them, we are not close to them yet, but we have moved forward.

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