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Chelsea lost the Community Shield to Arsenal after drawing 1-1 in regular time and going down 4-1 on penalties, Thibaut Courtois was one of the two Blues to miss a penalty, and Antonio Conte was asked about his choice to include the Belgian goalkeeper in his takers.
Courtois is one of the best players to kick a penalty. If you have a player that shows you during the training session to be one of the best, you pick him to play, to shoot the penalty
the Italian manager told reporters, justifying his choice to trust the Belgium international with one of the penalty kicks.
Don’t forget also that Morata is a forward and he did the same
Conte added, pointing out that newly-arrived at the club Alvaro Morata didn’t have any better luck from the penalty spot, despite being a scorer, a striker.
Asked further about the Spaniard, Conte made sure to excuse his rather poor performance.
Morata needs to work. It is normal, he has been with us for only one week. It is very important to have a good physical condition and to understand our idea of football. He needs a bit of time but it is normal. It is the same for Rudiger and Bakayoko
Chelsea’s manager said, referring also to the other two players who joined the club recently.