I would blame weather for lack of goals, says Alvaro Morata

I would blame weather for lack of goals, says Alvaro Morata

N'Golo Kante and Jorginho are likely to be rested so Mateo Kovacic and Cesc Fabregas could be handed starts while Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also hope to feature.

Morata had a hard start to the season under new manager Sarri but the 26-year-old striker has excelled in Eden Hazard's absence, scoring five goals in his last seven appearances for the Blues.

It took the introduction of Eden Hazard to turn matters back in Chelsea's favour, the home side scoring within 90 seconds of the Belgian taking to the field as their star man set up Morata for his second. In Belgrade the atmosphere is tough. The most important thing is we need to be prepared so that what happened to Liverpool doesn't happen to us.

"You'd think Liverpool had just lost the league with the reaction after the game, that it was two points dropped, Man City are two points clear - there's a long way to go". We can not drop points, we need to work hard, keep improving and let's see on that day if we have the chance to do it.

While Pep Guardiola was keen to write off the prospect of more records being broken this time around, on the back of accruing a staggering 100 points in 2017-18, it could be argued that City are even stronger this season. I'm sure with every game and every training session we'll be better and better.

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Morata's omission could be deemed a surprise given he has recently found form, with six goals in seven appearances.

Can Chelsea pip Manchester City to the Premier League title? For sure, I always want to score because it is good for me. We thought that it's better to him. "For us, the best work for him is that he will play for 45 or 50 minutes against Bate".

Chelsea moved into second place on goal difference as the much-criticized Alvaro Morata took advantage of the injury to Olivier Giroud with two goals in their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.

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