Antonio Conte has spoken up in defence of Alvaro Morata after some fans criticised the player for not being physical enough in Sunday's barren London derby.

Chelsea were held to a frustrating stalemate at home on Sunday, with Morata unable to add to this three goal tally.

Despite making a good start to life at Chelsea, some fans still feel Morata is not an impressive physical specimen, particularly after Sunday's draw.

Conte has dismissed any criticism aimed in the Spaniard.

"I don't know [if his physicality is a problem]," Conte said at his post-match media conference. 

"In my opinion, Morata played a really good game.

"I'm very happy with his performance. In my opinion, for me, he played very well today. He had a lot of the ball and tried to send Willian, Pedro, our wing-backs [forward with his passes].

"He played a really good game. We are focused on whether the number nine scores or not.

"If he scored he played a good game, if he doesn't he didn't have a good game. But I was happy with his performance. We see different things."

Chelsea will next face Nottingham Forest in the Football League Third Round on Wednesday.

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