Chelsea team news: Alvaro Morata DROPPED as Maurizio Sarri goes with strikerless formation for Man City

The Italian boss returned Pedo to the starting XI in place of the Spaniard, with Eden Hazard to play as a 'false 9'.

Spanish flop Morata does not even make the bench for the clash against Man City.

There is no word on whether the striker is dropped or injured – although there was no news earlier in the week that the striker was carrying any problems.

Elsewhere, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic return alongside N'Golo Kante in midfield.

Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek drop to the bench.

David Luiz replaces Andreas Christensen after missing the defeat to Wolves in midweek.

Chelsea fans appeared largely pleased that Morata misses out.

One fan said: "we're gonna smoke City."

Another Tweeted: "Sarri hiding Morata until January 1 so his value doesn't drop."

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