Antonio Conte says he expects Alvaro Morata to feature in tomorrow’s friendly against Bayern Munich, and the Italian also provided an update on the injury to Pedro.
On the eve of our International Champions Cup match against the German side, who are managed by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, Conte addressed members of the media at Singapore’s National Stadium, the venue for the game.
Morata trained with his new team-mates for the first time last night and Conte hopes the Spaniard will feature against Bayern.
‘My plan is to give him the possibility to play part of the game, but not from the start because he only arrived yesterday and started to work with us,’ said Conte.
‘Morata is a young player who has a lot of experience in his career because he played with two big teams in Real Madrid and Juventus. He has also played a lot of games in the Champions League and won it last season.
‘He can have a big impact in the Premier League. It’s different if you compare it to leagues in other countries because it’s very tough and physically it’s strong, but Morata is ready to have a big impact.’
Conte will be without the services of Pedro for the remainder of the tour after the winger was forced to fly home after suffering concussion and facial injuries following a clash with David Ospina during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Arsenal.
The Blues boss expects Pedro to return to action shortly and refused to direct any blame for the incident towards Ospina.
‘The situation was more serious than I thought because I hoped it would only be concussion and instead he had multiple fractures,’ the Blues boss explained. ‘With a mask, and in around 10 days, he can come back to work with us.
‘No, absolutely not,’ he added, when asked if Ospina was at fault. ‘I was a player and I know these type of accidents can happen. Ospina tried to take the ball.’
Conte, who said Kenedy is deeply sorry for the social media messages he posted while in China, also spoke about conducting pre-season training so far from home, as well as the challenges we will face in ensuring we maintain the high standards set last season when the new campaign begins.
‘I think to play this type of game is very good and for sure in modern football to have this type of pre-season is normal,’ he said. ‘We had 10 days at Cobham and then China and Singapore.
‘It’s a bit tough but for sure it’s great to play here, and we played in China and found a fantastic atmosphere. To see all the fans wearing our shirts, and to see their passion was great. Tomorrow I hope to see the same in Singapore.
‘I think the only way that I know is to work very hard with my players to prepare in the right way. To play in the Champions League is great for us and right for the club. The players are enthusiastic about it and we have one more competition to play in.’