Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Conte speaks on starting Giroud, Morata

Antonio Conte's Chelsea lost at Crystal Palace last October

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Palace's trip to Chelsea on Saturday, he said: "Wilf's had a ball at his feet for a while, training solo with the rehab people and the physios". 'He trained the whole week. Giroud is in a good form now and working every day.

The France worldwide collapsed after a training session last Friday and was ruled out for the meeting with Manchester City 48 hours later.

"Last week on Friday it was very cold, and after the training session he briefly passed out in the dressing room". But it was all clear. On Sunday he was well, but at the same time it was right to not take a risk and give him the opportunity to rest. "He's okay and every check-up is okay, is flawless".

"David Luiz is injured, and also Barkley, and then I have to check a couple of situations", he said. Alvaro Morata is favourite to lead the line up front meaning Olivier Giroud may have to settle for a place among the substitutes. It is an important game and we want to try to get three points.

Hopefully this won't be the only time we see Lampard and Loftus-Cheek in collaboration at Chelsea.

"I trust them both and for sure I'm working with them both to bring them in the best physical form and best condition". It will be a case of discussing with him, the doctor and the physios regarding when he's ready to come back. "The player and I must have patience".

Chelsea are hoping to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat and a third straight defeat against Crystal Palace when they welcome the Eagles to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. They deserved more against Tottenham and against United. "We must pay great attention". We need to have a good performance, to get three points.

Here we are again: a week later, licking our wounds, and trying to bounce back after yet another disappointing display.

Asked how his own team's confidence was, the Italian replied: 'For sure, when you lose many games in a row it's not simple. "You have to regret the games against Bournemouth, Watford and United", he remarks. This is a game which the manager, the players and the fans will expect to win but in recent history, Crystal Palace has been a hard opponent for the Blues. We are working very well as always'.



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