Conte says he trusts Morata and Giroud


Conte also spoke on the criticism of the tactics themselves, highlighting that they were similar to the strategy used against Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

"It was nearly a ideal game, before we did concede a goal at the last. It's right also for the players to see him again, [he's] their old captain".

"You can see when a player is in great form, I'm the first to pick him in the starting 11", the Italian said.

"I did this when I was a player", he recalled.

While the attacking numbers support Willian's inclusion in the team, Conte insists his defensive work is equally important.

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"But I think there are different situations".

"And for us, as you know very well, it's important for us to have a balance during the game because when we lose that balance anything can happen with our team".

And although Olivier Giroud looks set to start as Chelsea's striker against Crystal Palace this weekend, Conte still considers Hazard one of his three options through the middle. "You have to regret the games against Bournemouth, Watford and United", he remarks.

Hazard may well be the most talented player ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt, he's certainly our best player at the time of writing. He was a bit unlucky.

"For sure, for sure, for us it was a big loss". A big loss. I tried to keep [Terry] for another season, but he wanted to play. The commitment was good and we must be happy.

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"We played a game, a massive game against Parma when they were first and we were second", Conte said.

Such a stat indicates the Brazilian is confident enough to take the game to Barcelona and try to put them on the back foot. Morata is coming (back) from a odd injury, he was (out for) a long time.

Chelsea are in danger of going four games without victory, with just four wins in their last 15 games in all competitions. "We came in 2-0 down and against a team of Chelsea's pace and power on the break it could have ended very badly". It only went better at the end of the game.

Morata has struggled with form and fitness since September, while Giroud has started only one Premier League match since moving to Stamford Bridge in January. Maybe I can take different decisions.

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