Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was on the end of some stinging criticism last week for his decision to play without a recognised striker against Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The Italian coach played with Eden Hazard as a false nine for his sides 1-0 defeat at the Etihad, despite the Belgium international admitting he dislikes the role.
Chelsea were abysmal during their loss to Pep Guardiola’s side and it was not until the 88th minute that Conte decided to change things and bring on Morata.
This has lead to speculation that the former Juventus coach has little faith in either of his recognised number nines, Morata or Giroud.
However, Conte was speaking to the media today ahead of his sides Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace tomorrow and denied that this is the case when he said:
“I trust them and work with them both to bring the best physical form and condition,”
“Morata is coming from a strange injury in his back, he was a long time out. Giroud is in good form now and working every day. I trust a lot in all my players.”
“(Against Palace) for sure we have this option to play with Giroud or Morata as number nine. It is an important game and we want to try to get three points,”
Chelsea have been in poor form so far in 2018 and have slipped to fifth in the league, five points behind fourth placed Spurs.
The Blues now face a serious battle to make into the top four this season, and matters at the club will hardly have been helped by rumours that Conte’s agent is set to meet with PSG officials next week with a view to him taking over as manager of the French side next season.