Batshuayi & Morata

Antonio Conte criticised over his handling of Michy Batshuayi

Man City win at Chelsea

It was a bad weekend for Chelsea as, for the second time this season, the Blues were beaten at home.

Man City claimed a 1-0 away win at the Blues, thanks to a brilliant goal from Kevin De Bruyne.

The former Chelsea midfielder pinged a stunning left-footed drive past Thibaut Courtois on Saturday.

The Blues offered little in attack against Man City, especially after Alvaro Morata was injured in the first half.

Morata, who has six Premier League goals on the board, left the match with a hamstring injury. He’s not out of Spain’s international fixtures against Albania and Israel in 2018 World Cup qualification.

Antonio Conte & Michy Batshuayi

Instead of replacing Morata with Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, Conte introduced Willian off the bench instead.

Willian ended up being subjected to a torrent of hate on social media for his shift versus Man City.

But what should Chelsea fans and Batshuayi read into Conte’s decision?

The issue is picked up in the Times on Monday, and the broadsheet seem perplexed by Conte’s handling of Batshuayi.

The Times outline the problems between Conte and Batshuayi as follows:

The Batshuayi situation is an increasingly curious one. Conte has often given the impression that he regards the Belgian more as a prospect for the future rather than someone who can be trusted in the here and now.

But that excuse feels like it is wearing increasingly thin when Batshuayi is 23 and Conte has trusted 21-year-old Andreas Christensen to step into the centre of his back three.

The impression is that Conte does not rate his all-round contribution, leading the line and bringing others into play, but it is hard to link well with your team-mates when you rarely play with them.

So why did Conte not sign a striker in the summer?

Why has he decided to keep Batshuayi around this season?

And why did he allow Diego Costa to leave the club?