Batshuayi's debut, Chelsea's bid for Morata and Costa staying – Conte wants firepower

The new manager at Stamford Bridge is building his revolution around quality strikers and wants to ensure that goals don't become an issue next season

Antonio Conte gave a debut to Michy Batshuayi in Klagenfurt just hours after a bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata was turned down as Chelsea beat Wolfsberger AC 3-0 in their second pre-season game.

The game came a day after Conte reiterated the importance of Diego Costa to Chelsea amid reports of interest from Atletico Madrid as the Chelsea boss implements a new 4-2-4 formation. 

Conte's new Chelsea will be built around wingers and strikers who will have a responsibility to move the ball quickly between each other and press energetically when they lose the ball. 

The system being used by Conte has rarely been seen in England, with Chelsea's players struggling to implement it in their first pre-season game against Rapid Vienna on Saturday.

But Chelsea were largely dominant against a weak Wolfsberger side, and looked far more dynamic and energetic than they did in their 2-0 defeat in Vienna. 


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In addition to Conte's formation looking much more effective in its second try-out, there was also a positive introduction for Batshuayi, who had not originally been named in the match-day squad.

The Belgium international replaced Costa after 58 minutes and he got behind Wolfsberger with ease as he offered a different threat to his team-mate.

Batshuayi immediately looked dangerous with his first touches, showing his pace as a ball was looped over the top by Ruben Loftus-Cheek but the shot was deflected wide, while he was also denied by the offside trap. 

Goals on the night came from Bertrand Traore in the 41st minute, Loftus-Cheek in the 83rd minute and Nathaniel Chalobah with the very last kick of the game, but Batshuayi and Costa could have easily been the guys to apply the finishing touches. 

Conte was willing his star strikers to score as he gestured wildly after Batshuayi's offside goal and made sure to congratulate Costa, who improved on his last game in Vienna, as he was substituted. 

Chelsea will be able to find room for two strikers next season and Costa will remain his manager's first choice after being described as "one of the best in the world" by the Italian. 

But Conte has said he wanted four or five players this summer, and we know that one of these will be another striker, with Morata their prime target.