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Chelsea's Conte hails Morata-Giroud dual strike force after Burnley victory

May 25 2018, 02:57 | Van Peters

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Chelsea, which meets Southampton in Sunday's FA Cup semifinal at Wembley eight days after beating the same opponent 3-2 in the league, took control early on at Burnley and it came as no surprise when Antonio Conte's men went in front after 20 minutes.

'On the ball they confirmed nice hyperlink (play), an fantastic mixture.

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With the FA Cup semi-final on the horizon on Sunday, the Italian chose to rotate his side, and made the bold choice to play his two strikers together.

"We played a good game against a hard team because it is not simple to play against Burnley", Conte told BBC Sport.

Conte praised the way his two strikers played together. He was angry with himself for his missed chance.

"Maybe with this desire, this fight to reach a good result, we have a possibility [of securing fourth place]".

"Tonight I saw a great team spirit".

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Chelsea have the opportunity to increase the pressure on their London rivals when they travel to Swansea on 28 April.

Yet a Burnley side looking to record a sixth successive top-flight victory for the first time since November 1968 could have few complaints at going in a goal down at the interval.

'Giroud and Morata performed a incredible sport.

The starting line-up had raised eyebrows, notably the inclusions of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Emerson Palmieri, while misfiring Alvaro Morata also had another night to forget.

Alvaro Morata was left fuming after being subbed off in Chelsea's Premier League win over Burnley on Thursday. I tried to help him in the first half and in the second half, he could have scored as well.

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. He is a player that has different characteristics to Morata. "It was good for me but in the second half, it was more on the counter-attack".

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