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Conte blames Chelsea’s injury woes on hectic schedule

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says the injury problems that threaten to derail Chelsea’s season have been caused by his side’s increased workload.

Conte’s team have lost their last two Premier League matches against Manchester City and Crystal Palace as the injury bug bites ahead of Roma’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Strikers take centre stage early in Premier League title race

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London (AFP) – From Romelu Lukaku battering defences into submission to Alvaro Morata’s dazzling array of sublime finishes, one of the central themes of the Premier League’s opening weeks has been the renaissance of the star strikers.

In recent years, coaches with an eye for the latest tactical trend ditched the traditional forward role in favour of the “false nine” - a player capable of operating in midfield and wide areas instead of solely functioning as a penalty box predator.

Ronaldo return eases Zidane’s striker shortage

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has underlined the importance of welcoming back World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo for the holders Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has been suspended for Real’s last four games after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup and has been badly missed as the European champions have been held at home by Valencia and Levante in their last two outings.

Ronaldo return eases Zidane’s striker shortage

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has underlined the importance of welcoming back World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo for the holders Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has been suspended for Real’s last four games after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup and has been badly missed as the European champions have been held at home by Valencia and Levante in their last two outings.

Prudent Real Madrid remain Champions League favourites

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Madrid (AFP) – Such is Real Madrid’s confidence in creating more Champions League history that while others have spent hundreds of millions trying to catch up, the back-to-back European champions were happy to cash in.

Real made a profit of over 75 million euros ($90 million) in the transfer market thanks to the departures of Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Danilo.

Italy play Russian roulette for World Cup ticket

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Milan (AFP) – Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.

Giampiero Ventura’s side were lambasted in the press Sunday for his tactics but also individual performances including midfielder Marco Verratti and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Isco sparks Spain rout of Italy to close on World Cup

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain took a giant step towards qualifying for next year’s World Cup as Isco’s double and Alvaro Morata’s late strike swept aside Italy 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Isco was the star performer in a brilliant team display from the hosts as his early free-kick and long-range effort before half-time put Spain in control before Morata came off the bench to rub salt in Italian wounds.

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Video: Alvaro Morata trains with Chelsea ahead of Roma game

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Chelsea and Man Utd stars react to devastating fires

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Photo: Alvaro Morata returns to Chelsea training

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Conte on collision course with Chelsea, history shows it's a bad move

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The news that Antonio Conte is angry with Chelsea’s board over the club’s lack of striking options doesn’t bode well for his future at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata suffered a suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last Saturday and has now pulled out of international duty with Spain.

Major injury blow for Conte, this is how Chelsea should lineup in the absence of key star

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is all set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury during his side’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester City.

The Spaniard joined the Premier League champions this summer for a club record fee of £60m. Morata has had a fantastic start to life in England and he is currently Chelsea’s top scorer with 7 goals.

Tuesday Kickoff: Alvaro Morata to miss time, Barcelona open to La Liga departure and more

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Chelsea's Alvaro Morata will miss over a month due to a hamstring injury. (REPORT)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Barcelona will discuss the possibility of leaving La Liga if Catalonia gains independence from Spain. (REPORT)

After Romelu Lukaku missed training with an ankle injury, a scan on the Belgian's ankle revealed there was no fracture or serious ligament damage.

Chelsea Striker Could Be Out For A Month

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Chelsea fear that record signing Alvaro Morata will miss at least a month with a hamstring strain. The forward, who has scored seven goals in eight matches since joining the Blues from Real Madrid, limped out of Chelsea's 1-0 home defeat by Manchester City on Saturday after only 10 minutes.

Manager Antonio Conte claimed after the game that withdrawing Morata had been precautionary, but after a scan in Madrid on Monday the Spanish FA revealed that the 24-year-old has a grade two hamstring tear.

Chelsea old-boy De Bruyne gives Man City crucial win

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London (AFP) – Match-winner Kevin De Bruyne came back to haunt former club Chelsea as Manchester City defeated the Premier League champions 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to reclaim top spot.

De Bruyne, who left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in January 2014, struck from outside the box midway through the second half, securing a victory that cemented City’s status as the early title favourites.

Chelsea old-boy De Bruyne gives Man City crucial win

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London (AFP) – Match-winner Kevin De Bruyne came back to haunt former club Chelsea as Manchester City defeated the Premier League champions 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to reclaim top spot.

De Bruyne, who left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in January 2014, struck from outside the box midway through the second half, securing a victory that cemented City’s status as the early title favourites.

Batshuayi hands Chelsea deserved win at Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi struck a dramatic winner with the last kick of the game as Chelsea inflicted Atletico Madrid’s first defeat at their new Wanda Metropolitano home on Wednesday with a hugely impressive 2-1 Champions League victory.

Substitute Batshuayi’s late intervention was just rewards for a dominant Chelsea display despite falling behind to Antoine Griezmann’s penalty five minutes before half-time.

Alvaro Morata, Leroy Sane and Everton’s forgotten man…Names of the Premier League, Week 6

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Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea - Morata and Pedro goals seal an excellent win for the Blues.

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An Alvaro Morata hat-trick and a goal from Pedro sealed three points from an impressive professional performance for Antonio Conte.

Them: Mark Hughes was vocal in reminding everybody that he didn't have any defenders today. Cameron out. I don't know who that is, but I'm going to assume he is a giant meathead.

Chelsea: Alvaro Morata Scores First Hat-Trick In English Football As Blues Spank Stoke City (Video)

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Alvaro Morata's scintillating start to his Premier League career continued on Saturday, with the Spaniard netting a superb hat-trick as Chelsea blitzed Stoke 4-0 at the Bet365 Stadium.

It took only two minutes for Antonio Conte's side to open the scoring, with Morata firing home after a fine long-range pass from fellow countryman Cesar Azpilicueta.

On-song Morata gives Conte Chelsea cheer

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Alvaro Morata will approach Chelsea’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid next week in top form after his hat-trick inspired his side to a 4-0 win at Stoke City.

Morata struck three times at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday to take his Chelsea tally to seven goals in six games since his close-season move from Atletico’s local rivals Real Madrid.

On-song Morata gives Conte Chelsea cheer

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Alvaro Morata will approach Chelsea’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid next week in top form after his hat-trick inspired his side to a 4-0 win at Stoke City.

Morata struck three times at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday to take his Chelsea tally to seven goals in six games since his close-season move from Atletico’s local rivals Real Madrid.

Chelsea's start to the season

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Last season's emphatic title win feels like a million miles away now as we enter September and the tough run up to Christmas at Stamford Bridge. Despite the hiccup at Burnley which saw a full strength squad beaten 3-2 on the first day of the season, the rest of August and early September's games have been business as usual for the Blues.

Morata tells Chelsea fans to stop anti-Semitic chant

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London (AFP) – Alvaro Morata wants Chelsea fans to call a halt to chanting a song in his honour which includes anti-Semitic language.

The 24-year-old Spanish international striker - hoping to add to his three goals against Arsenal on Sunday - told the Daily Mail it did not set a good example to young children attending matches.

Morata tells Chelsea fans to stop anti-Semitic chant

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London (AFP) – Alvaro Morata wants Chelsea fans to call a halt to chanting a song in his honour which includes anti-Semitic language.

The 24-year-old Spanish international striker - hoping to add to his three goals against Arsenal on Sunday - told the Daily Mail it did not set a good example to young children attending matches.

Alvaro Morata on Man Utd’s interest and how he ended up at Chelsea

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Morata: Chelsea wanted Lukaku before showing interest in me

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At the start of the summer, it looked as though Manchester United were set to sign Alvaro Morata while Chelsea were keen to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Surprising everyone, United managed to bag Lukaku, leaving Antonio Conte to go for his second choice, Morata.

The Spanish striker has confirmed that he didn't think a move to the west London club was on the cards because they had their sight set on Lukaku.

Chelsea to not be punished by FA over anti‑Semitic chants

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A large section of Chelsea’s travelling fans sang a song with antisemitic lyrics at Leicester last weekend.

The chant was aimed at rivals Tottenham, who historically have a large Jewish following and had summer signing Alvaro Morata as part of the lyrics.

The Blues, immediately after the game, spoke strongly against those who engaged in these chants and said that they were helping the FA to identify those responsible.

Chelsea pledge action over anti-Semitic chant

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London (AFP) – Chelsea have vowed to take the “strongest possible action” against any supporters found to have used anti-Semitic language in a chant about the club’s new striker Alvaro Morata.

The song, aired during Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday, describes supporters of rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have traditional links to the Jewish community, as “Yids”.

Chelsea pledge action over anti-Semitic chant

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London (AFP) – Chelsea have vowed to take the “strongest possible action” against any supporters found to have used anti-Semitic language in a chant about the club’s new striker Alvaro Morata.

The song, aired during Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday, describes supporters of rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have traditional links to the Jewish community, as “Yids”.

The Y-Word: Alvaro Morata Politely Asks Chelsea Fans To Stop Singing Offensive Songs About Him As FA Investigation Looms

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The FA have contacted Chelsea as part of an investigation into the offensive chants that marred Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Alvaro Morata steered home a wonderful soaring header to open the scoring at the King Power Stadium, but the Spanish striker was upset by the song being sung about him by the travelling Blues fans.

Chelsea: Kanté And Morata On Target As Blues Down Leicester At King Power Stadium (Video)

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Chelsea find themselves third in the table after a deserved win away to Leicester on Saturday.

The last two Premier League title winners produced a rather unremarkable first period.

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However, just before the break, the visitors took the lead, with in-form striker Alvaro Morata heading home from a Cesar Azpilicueta centre.

Chelsea call on fans to stop anti-Semitic chant about striker Alvaro Morata

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea were forced to plead with their fans to ditch an anti-Semitic song about the club’s striker Alvaro Morata after they sang the offensive chant during a 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

Morata scored his third goal for Chelsea since his club record move from Real Madrid to open the scoring.

Chelsea call on fans to stop anti-Semitic chant about striker Alvaro Morata

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea were forced to plead with their fans to ditch an anti-Semitic song about the club’s striker Alvaro Morata after they sang the offensive chant during a 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

Morata scored his third goal for Chelsea since his club record move from Real Madrid to open the scoring.

Chelsea still attractive to stars says Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists Chelsea can still attract the world’s best players despite the chaotic conclusion to their transfer window.

Conte spent much of the close season grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top targets after watching Manchester United beat him to Romelu Lukaku’s signature.

Chelsea still attractive to stars says Conte

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists Chelsea can still attract the world’s best players despite the chaotic conclusion to their transfer window.

Conte spent much of the close season grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top targets after watching Manchester United beat him to Romelu Lukaku’s signature.

Chelsea Fans Outrage At Michael Emenalo

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Chelsea had an underwhelming transfer window as they failed to secure a number of targets but went some way to making amends in the final hours.

Antonio Conte isn't in charge of signing players for Chelsea and thus the pressure has been piled upon directors Marina Granovskaia and Michael Emenalo after a series of rejections around transfer deadline day.

The summer transfer business Chelsea must do before the window closes

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Morata Makes Premier League History In Chelsea Win

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has become the first player in Premier League history to both score and assist in each of his first two home games.

The big-money signing from Real Madrid this summer didn't get his Blues career off to the best of starts as he missed a penalty in the Community Shield loss at the hands of London rivals Arsenal earlier in the month at Wembley.

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Antonio Conte: Not a risk to start Alvaro Morata against Roma tomorrow night.

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that after three days training with the first team that Alvaro Morata is in contention to start tomorrow night against Roma at Stamford Bridge.



When asked of Morata and having answered that he was in contention Antonio Conte was asked again if he would start.