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'An overrated bench player' – Chelsea fans tear into Alvaro Morata for Champions League cameo against Barcelona

‘An overrated bench player’ – Chelsea fans tear into Morata for Barca cameo Tuesday, February 20, 2018 It’s been a tough first season in west London for Alvaro Morata since his summer move from Real Madrid. After arriving at Chelsea with a huge £70 million price tag, the Spaniard initally made a bright start in the Premier League. It has since all tailed off rather dramatically since then, hwoever. During Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, the striker came off the bench for fellow countryman Pedro in an attempt…

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Antonio Conte hints Chelsea new boy Giroud could be dropped for Morata ahead of Champions League tie with Barcelona

Conte congratulates Giroud after grabbing his first Chelsea goal Friday, February 16, 2018 Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hinted Olivier Giroud could be rested for the crucial Champions League game against Barcelona on Tuesday. Giroud scored his first goal for the Blues, as Conte’s side easily dispatched Championship strugglers Hull City 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Friday night. Despite scoring and assisting on the night, it appears the France international could be dropped in favour of Alvaro Morata. Giroud, who arrived from Arsenal last month, received a standing ovation as he…

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Chelsea v West Brom confirmed line-ups: Morata on the bench

Chelsea will be looking to end a poor run of form with victory at home to West Brom on Monday night.  The Blues have lost their last two games and lie fifth in the Premier League table, with speculation surrounding manager Antonio Conte’s future at the helm gathering momentum.  Their opponents have their own form to worry about, however. West Brom are rooted to the bottom of the table and are seven points away from safety.  Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is unavailable for selection after picking up a red card in…

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Alexandre Lacazette v Alvaro Morata v Romelu Lukaku – who has been the best signing so far?

Premier League clubs smashed the summer spending record for a sixth consecutive year after splashing out £1.4billion during the months of July and August. The incredible amount was boosted by the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, who all spent heavily on marquee signings. Alexandre Lacazette, Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku collectively cost in surplus of £180million to three of the Premier League’s leading clubs. All three have enjoyed mixed seasons with their respective clubs and have earned both criticism and praise for their performances to-date. But who has…

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Everton v Chelsea: Confirmed line-ups as Hazard replaces Morata in central role

Chelsea themed Santa hats adorn seats at Goodison Park Saturday, December 23, 2017 Everton take on Chelsea this afternoon at Goodison Park on a bumper day of Premier League action. The visitors have sprung a slight surprise with Antonio Conte choosing to play Eden Hazard as a false 9 to replace the suspended Alvaro Morata, leaving Michy Batshuayi on the bench. Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce drops Mason Holgate and Ashley Williams to the bench following illness and there is no Wayne Rooney in the matchday squad. Confirmed line-ups: Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny,…

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Huddersfield v Chelsea: Confirmed team news – here's who starts in place of the injured Alvaro Morata

Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from their weekend defeat to West Ham when they travel to Huddersfield on Tuesday night. The Blues saw their chances of retaining their title take a massive hit at the London Stadium and are without a win on the road since mid-November. Antonio Conte is without his leading striker Alvaro Morata due to a back problem, leaving the Italian with Michy Batshuayi as his only recognised forward. Huddersfield could secure their first victory over the champions since 1963 and have enjoyed three wins…

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