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Hard to argue with them based on the Burnley performance

When Chelsea splashed a cool £18 million to sign Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in January, fans and the media alike were all asking the same kinds of questions.

Will he replace Alvaro Morata? Has he been brought in to add competition? Or will Antonio Conte play them both up front together?

Conte has largely favoured Morata over the past few months, with Giroud only making two Premier League starts through a mixture of injuries and form.

But last weekend the Frenchman finally ended his goal drought with a brace against Southampton, which delighted Conte because now he has two confident strikers to pick from.

“I am very happy for Olivier,” said the Italian. “He scored but we changed something in the second half and the difference was the approach, the spirit and the will to fight and try not to lose.

“We have two strikers and Olivier arrived at Chelsea in January after a bad muscular problem. Now he has good fitness and I try to make the best decisions for the game.

“Alvaro scored against Leicester [City] and Tottenham. I have two good strikers and I try to make the best decision at the start or during the game.”

Burnley v Chelsea - Premier League

It was only a matter of time before Conte gave Giroud and Morata the chance to start up front together and against Burnley on Thursday night, he did just that.

In a much-changed 3-4-2-1 formation, Giroud and Morata spearheaded Chelsea’s attack with Pedro behind them in the No.10 role. Eden Hazard and Willian both started on the bench.

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