EPL: Chelsea beat Burnley to keep alive top four hopes
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2018,
Apr 20, 2018, 19:05
Conte's side recorded back-to-back away league wins thanks to a goal and an assist from wing-back Victor Moses at Turf Moor on Thursday.
And with the Cup representing Chelsea's last chance at silverware this season, Conte left Eden Hazard and Willian on the bench as Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata started together up front for the first time.
The visitors' possession paid off halfway into the first-half as a probing Gary Cahill ball over the top of the Clarets defence found Moses.
On playing with two strikers more often, he added: "This is a really good option".
Blues boss Conte claimed he understood Morata's outburst, but said he was ultimately happy with the striker's performance.
Morata was substituted a short while later and was visibly frustrated at being pulled ashore by manager Antonio Conte.
The Spaniard spurned a glorious chance to make it 2-0 to the Blues, going one-on-one with goalkeeper Nick Pope after a counter-attack but sliding wide of the target in their Premier League contest. "I feel very good".
Click through the gallery above to see pictures of Morata being substituted against Burnley. Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson took a speculative shot from 20 yards which deflected off Barnes and into Courtois' gaping net after he had dived the other way. "We are talking about five points, with four games to go", said the Italian.
"He had a chance to score and if you score you change the confidence". Giroud and Morata played a fantastic game and sacrificed themselves greatly without the ball.
"I expect to see an entertaining clash with Chelsea making it through the final for the 12th time from their last 15 semi-finals". It won't be easy but we must be ready to fight. Moses and Pedro were crucial to Chelsea's dominance and, had Àlvaro Morata not been ruled offside on countless occasions, then Chelsea could've gained some breathing space.