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Frustrated Morata sorry for reaction to substitution

Cool finish Moses is
congratulated after
his winning goal
last night Victor Moses keeps Chelsea’s Champions League hopes on track by Justin Palmer Published
Alejandro Castrejon | Abril 22, 2018, 05:13

Another spell of Chelsea pressure resulted in N'golo Kante joining in an attack and firing just over from the edge of the box before the break. Chelsea's dominant 61% possession and 16 shots were enough to overpower Burnley and get the 2-1 win.

However, not even the most optimistic Clarets fan could have anticipated being stationed on the brink of European football - for the first time since taking part in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1966-67 - with four games remaining.

In contrast with the free-spending early years of the Roman Abramovich era, Conte has repeatedly clashed with the Chelsea hierarchy this season over a recruitment policy that has seen him denied many of his top transfer targets, while Manchester City and Manchester United have both made bigger investments in their squads.

Conte may not opt to star two No. 9s every week, particularly with Morata still largely out of sorts, but on this evidence, a Giroud-Morata partnership can be highly effective.

Kante's superb pass sent Morata sprinting from the halfway line and, after the Spaniard had won his foot race against the Burnley defence, his finish was far less admirable.

Victor Moses on Thursday scored the winner in the 69th minute as Chelsea moved to within five points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have 68 points from 34 games. There is a gap of five points with Spurs.

Despite his eye for goal, Austin has recently fallen behind Shane Long in the pecking order due to his work ethic off the ball.

Wide of the mark Morata fires past the post after being put through
Wide of the mark Morata fires past the post after being put through

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Antonio Conte has praised wing-back Emerson Palmieri's performance for Chelsea against Burnley and has hinted that he could start in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

"Alvaro must be angry because when you have a chance to score, you have to score, especially for a striker", declared the Italian at Turf Moor. "In the past it was very difficult for me to try this option with the two strikers but they showed a great link and a great combination and at the same time they worked very hard for the team", Conte told the BBC.

Chelsea will be looking to avoid an upset at any cost. We just played to help the team win the game. "I am pleased for their performances, they played very well".

The title race is definitely on in Italy, after Juventus stumbled Wednesday to a 1-1 draw away to relegation-threatened Crotone.

Antonio Conte wasn't fazed by the emotions from his striker, who has struggled for goals in recent months.