Alvaro Morata started for Chelsea in the Europa League win away to PAOK Salonika and failed to get on the scoresheet.
This was Chelsea’s sixth consecutive win this season and it was expected that Morata would take the chance to impress in the game.
However, this was not the case as the Spaniard fired blanks yet again, missing some key chances in the course of the game.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was left disappointed with the striker’s performance on the night for failing to make a mark on his return to the starting lineup.
Morata appears to be losing his place to Frenchman Olivier Giroud and Sarri admitted that the striker was in severe need of a confidence booster to rediscover his form in the opposition box.
Sarri said: “Alvaro has to gain confidence with one, two, three goals,” he added. “I am not able to give him confidence. In this match, he had three or four opportunities.
“He was unlucky. I hope for him in the future I can help him. But the confidence can come with goals. For the first time in this season, he was ready in the box. He was on the ball and was active.”