alvaro morata

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is apparently being a nice guy to Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata after his poor performance against Arsenal in Dublin.

The manager has defended the Spaniard after he led the line but endured another frustrating night, missing a decisive penalty kick in the course of the game.

Morata missed a good number of chances, and it went from bad to worse after Petr Cech made the rare penalty save off his boots. Arsenal went on to win on penalties.

It can be recalled that the player had been away for the birth of his twins last Saturday, and returned to training two days later.

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However, Sarri suggested that the striker might be feeling the effects of a stressful week, but insisted that he had no worries over the striker.

“I don’t know if he is not confident,” Sarri said post-match. “Maybe he was tired.

“The last three days for him were very intense, so maybe this match he was a bit tired. I am not worried about Morata.”

Morata got off to a good start in his debut season at Stamford Bridge as he scored 10 goals in the first half of the season. However, he scored just once in 2018.

Chelsea have been reportedly making plans for a new striker, but widely reported target Gonzalo Higuain is set to join AC Milan. Therefore, the Blues may have to look elsewhere, but that’s if the reports are concrete.