David Luiz's omission came only a few weeks after Conte had described him as his best defender at the club. The negative aspect is that he must be more clinical to kill the game if we have the chances to do that.
Kevin Kilbane has warned Manchester United that Romelu Lukaku looks really out of sorts following his goal drought. "We are very happy because we played well and we deserved this win".
Unbeaten City have set a frightening pace this season, winning 10 of their matches and scoring 38 goals in the process to build up an extraordinary goal difference of plus 31.
The goal was gifted in the 55th minute by the United defense, but it also owed much to Cesar Azpilicueta's vision and precision.
Spurs, without Dele Alli because of a hamstring strain, made a shaky start in their first game after the memorable midweek win over Real Madrid.
The goal came after 64 minutes when the ball fell to Son on the edge of the box after a cross was not properly dealt with, and the South Korea worldwide curled an outstanding finish past Speroni to become the highest-scoring Asian player in Premier League history. But while Lukaku has now gone a seventh game in all competitions without scoring, Morata's goal starvation is over.
Azpilicueta's lovely cross found an unmarked Morata who headed beyond David De Gea to put Chelsea one point behind the Red Devils.
United, level on 23 points with Tottenham and a point ahead of Chelsea, have to wait a fortnight to try to close the gap and defender Smalling has warned Newcastle they face a hard afternoon when they return from the global break.
Mourinho, who complained last month that he won't "cry" about injury problems like other managers, in part blamed the loss on the absence of players like Paul Pogba.
I think when they score, they score in the period when they were on top of the game and in control.
"1-0 and three points for them". Eight points is eight points.