Conte laments fortune before Everton clash

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Alvaro Morata scores late-on to ensure Chelsea's progression to the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

ALVARO Morata scored a stoppage-time victor as Chelsea booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth. "But I repeat, in every game, I have to make the best decision for the team".

"I'm very happy for all the players", he added.

"After one minute and 40 seconds, you decide to book a player who is 17-years-old".

Commenting on Morata's suspension, Conte said, "A big loss for us, but it happened".

That was Morata's fifth caution of the season which means he'll miss this weekend's Premier League match at Everton.

"This game is very important for us - the last game before Christmas and I'd like to spend a good Christmas with a good win".

Willian's early goal looked like it would be enough to send Antonio Conte's side through at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, but Dan Gosling struck in the 90th minute to level the tie with a fine curling effort.

"It was important, because to go and to play 30 minutes more, I think it was a bit unsafe", Conte said. It is great for us, especially because we reached the semi-final with a lot of rotation.

Gary Cahill has dismissed the notion that Arsenal hold the psychological edge over Chelsea ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash in the new year. I said in the past that this player, despite his young age, has shown great maturity.

"If there is the possibility to improve the squad and the numerical aspect I think it will be a good choice, but at the same time I am enjoying it with these (current) players".