THE real reason behind Alvaro Morata’s poor showing against West Ham can be revealed.
Morata cut a sorry figure during Chelsea’s 1-0 win but he stayed on for the full 90 minutes.
That’s despite playing on with a fever that had been plaguing him for the last couple of days. Danny Drinkwater has been suffering with the problem too that appears to be in the Blues camp.
Morata pulled up in training 24 hours before the game and had to undergo a scan in a separate incident.
Boss Antonio Conte was quizzed on the matter at his press conference but he refused to go into detail.
Conte was asked if Morata was struggling ahead of the Hammers game but Chelsea press officer Steve Atkins blocked the question.
Marco Arnautovic’s goal was the difference at the London Stadium and Conte last night conceded his side’s days as champions are over.
Conte threw in the towel for the Premier League trophy and then admitted: “We were never really in it!”
He said: “It is impossible to stay in the title race when you have already lost four games in the first half of the season. You can only really afford to lose once or twice at the most.
“But we never started in this race because we began the season with defeat at home to Burnley. When you lose to Palace when they are bottom of the league and then lose at West Ham like we did today, you cannot be in the title race.”
Grim-faced Conte could not conceal his disappointment, adding: “I saw West Ham’s game against Manchester City and City found a way to score against them.
“We could not, even though we created a lot of chances.”
The Italian is now likely to concentrate on the FA Cup and the Champions League for a route into Europe next season but refused to say if he would be asking for cash for new players to help him.
“I don’t want to speak about new players,” he added. “It is better for me to talk to the club about that because the final decision is theirs, not mine.”