'I think there is nothing to explain, ' snapped Conte, who has started the Belgian worldwide only three times in 18 months in the Premier League.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka made two goal-line clearances in quick succession to stymie the hosts and at haul-time, it seemed only a matter of time before the Blues would find the opener. "I think we dominated the game and lots of chances to score".
Allardyce's involvement is likely to be key to any deal; the Everton boss bought Kone to the Stadium of Light during his tenure there back in January 2016 and the centre-back played a key role in keeping his side in the Premier League that term. "It is normal to drop points with a poor performance but not today".
In the absence of the 10-goal forward, Everton's attacking play was likely to be hindered.More news: Catalonia digests election that saw separatists win majority
The target man has only started three Premier League games under Conte.
Boss Allardyce admits Barkley's dilemma is giving him a headache, but admits he holds little sway over the player's future.
"Hard-earned is certainly right", Allardyce told Sky Sports. We didn't look like we were going to get beat, and that's what we want as a team.
"Don't forget our striker, Morata, was out and I think he's very important because he's our finisher", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, whose reigning champions are now 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City despite winning eight of their last 11 league matches.