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Antonio Conte: 'Alvaro Morata not only Chelsea player to blame'

Conte: 'Morata not only player to blame'
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists that his side's goalscoring problems are not just down to misfiring striker Alvaro Morata but the team as a whole.

Antonio Conte has confessed that Chelsea 'have to improve in the final third' after being held to a third successive goalless draw for the first time in the club's history.

The Blues were unable to break down Leicester City in the most recent of those outings, being made to settle for another Premier League stalemate on Saturday afternoon.

Summer signing Alvaro Morata has faced plenty of criticism during Chelsea's ongoing four-match winless run in all competitions, having failed to net in any of those games.

Conte has leapt to the defence of his striker, though, insisting that others also have to do more to help with the goalscoring burden.

"I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata," he told reporters. "Compare last season, we are conceding less and showing great solidity defensively. But, at the same time, we are not showing great quality in our finishing.

"This is the truth. But not only for Morata. Defenders have had chances from corners, and we've not taken those chances to score. We have to try to improve on this aspect.

"But the problem is not only for Morata or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays. It's for all the team. We have to try and improve our quality in the finishing in the last third."

Spain international Morata has 13 goals in 30 appearances for club and country this term, but just two in his last 13.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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