Why Alvaro Morata was nowhere to be seen for Chelsea vs Brighton

Brighton vs Chelsea

The respective Brighton and Chelsea team sheets on Sunday were as follows.

Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Balogun, Dunk, Bernardo, Gross, Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Murray, March

Subs: Saltor, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma, Locadia, Andone, Steele

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian

Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri

Where was Alvaro Morata?

Alvaro Morata was absent from the Chelsea squad for the Brighton game.

That’s because the Spanish striker is out with a minor knee injury.

Morata was subbed out of Thursday night’s 2-2 draw against Vidi in the Europa League.

Of course, many Chelsea fans may be happy that Morata is absent as he’s been struggling in front of goal this season.

Morata has five goals and no assists in the Premier League this season.

Eden Hazard: Chelsea’s false nine

Maurizio Sarri also decided to leave Olivier Giroud out of his starting XI.

Instead, Eden Hazard was deployed in the false nine role in the Chelsea team.

Sarri has previously setup his former Napoli team to play a similar system in Serie A to great affect.

It’s also worth noting that Mateo Kovacic was back in the Chelsea team after a knock.

Also see: Brighton vs Chelsea live streaming: Watch online & confirmed line-ups.

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