Conte speaks on Morata’s debut, Chelsea’s defeat to Bayern Munich
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has said it is “too early” to make an assessment of Alvaro Morata, after the ‘new boy’ made his debut against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
The Blues bought Morata from Real Madrid in a club-record £70m deal last week and the Spain striker made his bow as a second-half substitute, in their 3-2 loss to Bayern in the International Champions Cup.
Morata played for 27 minutes in the National Stadium in Singapore.
“It’s too early to speak about the impact of Morata,” Conte said.
“He has only been with us for two days and he needs time to work and find his feet and to understand our way of playing.
“But he showed a will to win, to fight and adapt to our style of play. For us, he’s a good buy. We need to give him time to adapt, but we must be pleased with his performance today.”
Chelsea found themselves 3-0 down after just 27 minutes against the Bundesliga champions, although Conte played down his side’s slow start.
“For sure, to lose three goals in half an hour is difficult,” he said.
“Despite this, the players’ response was very good because we didn’t give up.
“Our start wasn’t good but I think the players showed great willingness to try and change the result. I’m not too worried because we are still in pre-season, we are working very hard and Bayern is one of the top clubs in the world.”