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Chelsea's Morata will need time to find his feet, admits Conte

By Jack Watson

Antonio Conte has admitted that Alvaro Morata needs time to adapt to Chelsea's "idea of football" after making his debut from the bench in Chelsea's 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Morata came on after 63 minutes and was positioned on the left flank of a frontline attack that played Michy Batshuayi through the middle and Willian on the right as part of a 3-4-3 formation.

The Spaniard (24) did not have any shots on goal but provided Batshuayi with an assist for Chelsea's second. From a Blues corner, Morata muscled his way to the front post and flicked on a header to the Belgian, who did the rest with a simple finish.

Eden Hazard is recovering from an ankle injury and may not return until September. Until then, Morata may have to settle for a position on the left with Batshuayi, who has scored four goals in his last two games, in the middle and Willian on the right.

When Hazard returns from injury, Conte may decide to move Morata to the middle and play Hazard on his favoured left wing.

Conte was impressed with Morata's debut but admitted he needs more time to adapt to Chelsea's system. "We must give him time to adapt to our way of football," Conte said. "He should be pleased with his performance.

"It's not easy to talk about the impact of Alvaro because he's only been with us two days and he needs to work and find his feet and understand our idea of football. He showed a great will and for us he's a great buy."

Chelsea were comfortably beaten by Bayern Munich, who scored three goals inside the first 25 minutes on their way to winning 3-2.

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