"It was a simple tactical decision", Conte said at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard makes his first Premier League start of the season after producing a man-of-the-match performance at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, while Cesc Fabregas keeps his place ahead of Pedro and Willian. "I was a player and I understand that sometimes this can happen but once is OK".
"It is important to win and especially with the way we played".
Morata's seamless adaptation to life in the Premier League had come as a major boost to Conte following the exile of last season's top scorer Diego Costa, who will now join former club Atletico Madrid in January. He's one of our captains.
However he has since committed his international future to Algeria and has won 35 caps for The Desert Warriors. The striker laid the ball off instantly to De Bruyne, who surged through to the edge of the box before unleashing a left-footed shot that flew past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The only goal of the game was scored by former Chelsea player Kevin De Bruyne in the second half.
Though the margin of victory was slimmer than in recent outings, City's control of the match was total, their defenders pushing high up the pitch and pinning Chelsea inside their own half.
"But after what I have seen here today, if we finish above them then I think we will win the title".
Morata is Chelsea's first choice striker up front, Hazard is number two and Batshuayi is a flat track bully that they might use against lesser opposition.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on his fellow Catalans to support democracy by voting in Sunday's independence referendum.
In seven Serie A games this season Ghoulam has two goals and three assists, so he's a perfect fit for Guardiola.