Morata has missed Chelsea’s last four games in all competitions with his back issue and Conte has admitted he’s growing increasingly concerned by how long the injury is taking to heal.
The Blues are now standing fourth in the Premier League table and are running the risk of missing out on Champions League action next season, should their poor form under Antonio Conte continue.
Morata’s absence coincides with a bad run of form for the Premier League champions that has piled the pressure on Conte and increased speculation that he could be removed from his post.
The Chelsea players need to shoulder the responsibility for their “abysmal” Premier League displays in recent weeks and not under-fire manager Antonio Conte, defender Gary Cahill said. ‘We are struggling to solve the pain in his back. I think Arsenal would say: “we’d have you next season”.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to beat West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Asked about Cahill’s words, Conte said: “I think in every situation we have to divide the responsibility”. Against Watford, we had the sending off early doors, got to 1-1 and then fell apart.
Christensen, who trained away from the team on Friday, has become crucial to the balance of Conte’s side. Conte upsets people. He wants you to play a certain way and he’ll make you rock solid at the back. The Blues have a tough road lying ahead of them in the English top flight with a series of big games including the Champions League tie against Barcelona.
Silva impressed in his first role in England with Hull although he wasn’t able to keep the club in the Premier League. “Against Watford it was totally negative”.
Conte is now under pressure from his board after a poor run of results for the Premier League defending champions, which has put their top-4 spot under jeopardy. Against Watford the performance was negative from the start and we didn’t create chances.
Abramovich has spent his money lavishly enough at times, though not so recently, but rarely has he given a coach a sense that he was firmly in charge of his own destiny.