Antonio Conte will try to discover an answer to Chelsea‘s issues in front of goal without the services of suspended Alvaro Morata and Pedro when they face Brighton on Saturday.
Michy Batshuayi’s strike in the midweek FA Cup third-round replay win against Norwich City, a win accomplished on penalties after a 1-1 draw, was the Blues’ first goal after three successive scoreless draws.
Conte insisted there were positives to take from the game ahead of his side’s return to the fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League through a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The champions dropped to fourth place after last weekend round of games and could slip to fifth on the off chance that they lose at Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur beat Southampton the next day.
Meanwhile, the loss of Morata and Pedro, both of whom were booked for plunging against Norwich and afterward expelled in the wake of getting second yellow cards, does nothing to help Conte to restore his side’s goal drought.
Alvaro Morata has struggled hard since his amazing start to life at Stamford Bridge and is without a goal in six games, while winger Pedro has scored four times in the League.
“Our performance was positive against Norwich. Despite making many changes, we scored one goal and we created many chances to score the second goal. Instead, we conceded with 10 seconds to go,” he said.
“I hope we don’t pay, also because my decision was clear: to try to go to the next round tonight and give a bit of rest to the other players.
“For sure we have to face many problems, and also because Pedro and Morata are not able to play, but we want to try to get three points.”
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