Michy Batshuayi was angry at himself and not his manager Antonio Conte after he was subbed in Chelsea’s third defeat in the Premier League last weekend.
The striker was seen throwing a bottle to the ground around the Chelsea dugout when he was replaced by Pedro in the 57th minute at the Selhurst Park.
The Belgium international was trusted by Conte to replace Alvaro Morata – who has been out with a hamstring injury for the past three weeks – but the 24-year old could not get on the score sheet nor offer any meaningful attacking option for Chelsea who desperately needed a goal to rescue a point away from home.
However, contrary to earlier reports that Batshuayi was angry at Conte for substituting him early in the second half, Matt Law of the Telegraph reports that he was merely angry at himself for failing to score what was to be a first Premier League goal this season, against Palace.
Any form of a goal would have put to bed the argument of being capable of replacing Morata as well in the Chelsea team.
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Batshuayi knows the consequence of failing to impress in circumstances as these, especially at a big club as Chelsea. Conte is feeling the pressure and according to the same report by Matt Law, he could sell Batshuayi in January to free up space and cash for another striker of his choosing.