Champions League: Conte speaks on Morata, Giroud ahead of Barcelona clash

Champions League: Conte speaks on Morata, Giroud ahead of Barcelona clash

But as former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri are said to be potential successors, Conte remains defiant, saying, "We are trying to build something important with work - not with words or money".

Conte is now under pressure from his board after a poor run of results for the Premier League defending champions, which has put their top-4 spot under jeopardy. With a host of big players on the sidelines, Chelsea would be aiming to get as many players back in the fray as they can before the big game. "In my will, there is the will to stay and continue to work for this club", the Italian told reporters.

The Spaniard has not featured for the Blues since January 17th. physioroom do not provide a definitive return date for Morata.

We are able to bring you an injury update ahead of Chelsea's clash with West Brom on Monday night thanks to physioroom.

With Michy Batshuayi being on loan at Borussia Dortmund and Olivier Giroud being prone to injury at Arsenal, Antonio Conte will be hoping to see Alvaro Morata make a speedy recovery.

Morata has trained this week but has already been ruled out for West Brom on Monday because of the long-running back problem.

"I don't know how long he will be out and for this reason I'm a bit anxious". For this reason, there are too many speculations around this club, around me, around this team.

Champions League: Conte speaks on Morata, Giroud ahead of Barcelona clash
Champions League: Conte speaks on Morata, Giroud ahead of Barcelona clash

"I don't know and for this reason I am a bit anxious as you know very well the importance of this player".

However, the Blues have struggled to stay at the top of the pile this season, with Manchester City dominating the rest of the league.

With a two-legged Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up as well as matches against the two Manchester clubs, Conte felt this week was a rare opportunity for his players to have a break.

Last Monday, he tried something similar in the second half of the Watford game, switching back to a back-four as Chelsea pushed for an equalizer.

Since winning the title in his first season in London, Conte has become locked in a dispute with the board over recruitment.

Antonio Conte fears he is a victim of his own coaching brilliance, trusted to achieve success on the cheap but a "disaster" when it comes to getting the players he wants. If the club decides to send me away, I don't know when, it'll be because they're not happy with my work.

"But I'm afraid that's just the way it is - the top players are always going to go to top clubs".

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