BRIGHTON, United Kingdom: Antonio Conte will attempt to find a solution to Chelsea’s problems in front of goal without the services of suspended pair 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 success achieved on penalties after a 1-1 draw, was the Blues’ first goal after three successive scoreless draws.
Chelsea manager Conte insisted there were positives to take from the performance ahead of his side’s return to the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier 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.
“Now we have to play in two days against Brighton at 12.30. We have to try to recover very well. “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.”