Alvaro Morata has blamed Antonio Conte’s direct style of play for his struggles in the Premier League last season.
The Spain international made an impressive start for Chelsea, scoring 7 goals in his first 7 games. However, his goal scoring ability waned after Christmas.
Morata scored just 3 times in 23 appearances for Chelsea as they missed out on the UEFA Champions League. He also missed out on Spain’s squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
He was heavily linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge this summer but was determined to carve a niche for himself at Chelsea.
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“For me, it’s easy. I could have gone back to Spain or Italy, all the people believe in me there, but I want to change things here,” said Morata.
“I want to, not for all the haters, but for me and for Chelsea. Chelsea gave me everything that I needed and now I have time to give back all that Chelsea give me.
“The most important thing is the way we play. Last season it was direct balls and for me to protect the ball in the air is not my best quality.
“Now I can attack the space, I can play one touch and go in the area for the crosses. It’s better for me.”
Morata has started all 3 competitive games under Maurizio Sarri and scored his first goal of the season against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The striker is eager to repay the faith the Italian has put in him by scoring more than his last season’s tally of 15 goals.
“Sarri works with the ball always and when you always have the ball the strikers have more chances,” said Morata.
“I want to score more than 30 goals, but I would prefer to score 15 or 20 and get the Premier League or one big trophy.”