Conte hints at Morata/Giroud partnership

After experimenting with his team in Thursday night’s Premier League clash at Burnley, Antonio Conte has hinted that he could utilise a strike partnership of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on a more regular basis.

Morata has been selected on the majority of occasions this season, even though his form has taken a massive downturn since Christmas, while Giroud has generally has had to make do with coming on from the bench.

With the FA Cup semi-final on the horizon on Sunday, the Italian decided to rotate his side, and made the bold choice to play his two strikers together.

Morata was eventually replaced in the second half, with the Spaniard having missed an sitter, and upon his substitution, the former Real Madrid man seemed to react angrily.

Speaking after the game at Turf Moor, Conte said he was happy with his players’ performances, and also explained Morata’s reaction:

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

“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 wasn’t possible in the past to play with two strikers. They did a great job, as did the whole team.

“This could be an option for Sunday or the future. This was the first time we try it and we had good responses. It could be an option.

“When you have players to show you the desire to sacrifice without the ball it is great. We surprised them with two strikers and they showed that.

“To see Giroud and Morata, to play in this way and see good combination and link with them and press with and without the ball, this is the right way to have satisfaction in the future.”

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