Chelsea could well face dropping more points if forward Alvaro Morata is out for any serious length of time.
That’s because the forward is the only world class striker Chelsea have, and it was clear to see that the Blues were struggling for an outlet against Manchester City once Morata went off with an injured hamstring – in a game they went on to lose.
Mark Ogden claimed that it could be a real issue for Antonio Conte’s side, and echoed the thoughts of many people who wondered just where the goals would come from – especially given Conte seems to still find Michy Batshuayi wanting.
“I think the loss of Morata made all the difference,” Ogden told ESPN FC.
“I think prior to that I think Chelsea were happy to hit City on the counter attack.
“They had the people to do it with Morata in the team.
“Once Morata went off they were toothless. I think that it showed that Chelsea have got a problem there.
“If Morata is injured for a length of time, how do they replace him?
“Where are the goals going to come from?
“It’s a massive injury and I think it showed tonight that if he is out for a long time, they will have problems.”
Hazard and Michy
Two players who will need to step up during Morata’s time out are of course Eden Hazard and his compatriot Batshuayi, who can rightly feel harshly done by for being left on the bench in favour of Willian once Morata did exit the game on Saturday evening.
Having scored the winner against Atletico Madrid, the forward would have seen his confidence rising high – yet saw a winger preferred.
Now, if Morata is out for a serious time period, the man who many thought would leave in the summer may well end up being one of their most vital players.