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Chelsea boss Conte rues Morata's absence after draw

24 December 2017

Allardyce's involvement is likely to be key to any deal; the Everton boss bought Kone to the Stadium of Light during his tenure there back in January 2016 and the centre-back played a key role in keeping his side in the Premier League that term.

'I think there is nothing to explain, ' snapped Conte, who has started the Belgian worldwide only three times in 18 months in the Premier League. "Everton deserve credit but we deserve to win", Conte told Sky Sports after the match.

Conte had to defend his decision not to play a recognised No.9, once again opting against using Michy Batshuayi, fuelling rumours of a lack of trust in the Belgian, to deploy three No.10s - Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard - as his strikeforce. We played this way with great personality, intensity and concentration. Everton had no shots on target - the first time in a Premier League home game since Dec 4, 2011, against Stoke.

But their efforts to hit the net were frustrated by Everton's keeper Jordan Pickford, who blocked them. We didn't look like we were going to get beat, and that's what we want as a team.

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Chelsea had to settle for a point despite dominating the game at Goodison Park.

You can drive yourself forward and we have to do that against Chelsea.

Despite his disappointment Conte was pleased with Chelsea's performance against a rejuvenated Everton who are unbeaten in six games, five of them under new manager Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce said he would have liked more end-product in the final third of the pitch but could not fault his side's application.

Chelsea boss Conte rues Morata's absence after draw