Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: 'Alvaro Morata fitness is improving'

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The FA Cup perhaps represents Chelsea's best chance of silverware, given that they exited the Carabao Cup in the last four, trail Premier League leaders City by 19 points and are considered underdogs for their European tie, but Conte insists he will still rest players against second-tier Hull in view of next week's showdowns with Barca and United. "When they go and win the league in the last few years, they've [subsequently] downed tools under different managers. In every training session I see great commitment".

Antonio Conte revealed that he is confident Alvaro Morata will be fit to face Barcelona, adding that he plans to give the Spain worldwide more minutes to regain his sharpness in the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Hull City on Friday at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata made his return after almost a month out through injury in Chelsea's victory over West Bromwich Albion.

"But now, I think it's very soon to answer this question".

Conte believes the competition to earn a starting berth at number nine, something the Blues have previously lacked during his tenure, can only be a positive.

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When asked his opinion about Roy Keane saying Chelsea players are unprofessional, Conte replied: "In every moment I underlined the commitment of the players".

"We have in front of us two weeks that will be very tough".

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday [15 February] broadcast through Chelsea TV, the Chelsea boss confirmed he will be without the services of David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko who are all ruled out through injury, but plans to bolster his squad with the club's emerging young talents. I think Alvaro is a player with a good responsibility and maturity. It's a game that we're all looking forward to.

"During the game it can happen". We all love to play this wonderful sport. "In this case, in this system, it would mean Hazard, Pedro and Willian are out".

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