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Conte says Morata can be the main striker at Chelsea

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 01:17

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says Costa's departure opens up the way for Morata to become the team's star striker.

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 26, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA COACH ANTONIO CONTE, SAYING: "In the previous experience with Juventus and with Real Madrid he played and not played. I think for the first time he is having a good chance to start as number nine, to have the responsibility, to have the right pressure and I think he is responding very well at this pressure, new league, new country, different habits, different language, different football and to start in this way you must be very strong." 2. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA COACH ANTONIO CONTE, SAYING: "As I said before, I have no problem with Diego Costa. We wish for him the best for the future. I want to thank him for the last season but I repeat I have no problem with him." 4. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS STORY: Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said on Tuesday (September 26) that striker Alvaro Morata is responding very well to the challenge that his new role in the team poses. Chelsea's record signing Morata joined from Real in the close season and has made a flying start to life at Stamford Bridge. The striker hit his first hat-trick for the club as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday (September 27) just a few days after striker Diego Costa left Chelsea to rejoin Atletico after falling out with coach Antonio Conte. In a news conference previewing the match, the Italian coach indicated that he never had any problems with the Brazilian-born striker and wished him well for the future. Costa will be eligible to play for Atletico from Jan. 2 when the Spanish transfer window opens and the club's transfer ban ends. FIFA had banned the Madrid side for illegal transfer of minors.

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Conte says Morata can be the main striker at Chelsea

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 01:17