Alvaro Morata sends message to Chelsea supporters about Antonio Conte

The Chelsea striker opens up about Antonio Conte's winning mentality

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata Photo: Alvaro Morata/Instagram

Alvaro Morata has hailed Antonio Conte as “a winner” ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Manchester United on Sunday evening.

The defending Premier League champions have endured a mixed start to the 2017-18 season as the Blues look to retain their top-flight crown.

Chelsea lost to Burnley and Crystal Palace in surprise defeats to raise concerns about their squad following the departures of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic.

The title holders’ biggest disappointment came in a 1-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City to raise concerns about their title credentials.

Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored a second-half winner at Stamford Bridge to leave the Citizens nine points clear of Conte’s men.

Morata has scored six times in nine games in the Premier League this term but hasn’t found the net since returning from a hamstring problem.

However, the summer signing has clearly bought into Conte’s mentality as the Chelsea striker shared the coach’s winning mentality.

“The coach is a winner,” Morata told BT Sport.

“When you are a winner, we need to win every game. It’s about mentality. With this mentality, we can go far.”

Morata moved to Chelsea in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

The Spanish striker has scored seven times and made three assists in 11 games in all competitions so far.

Chelsea will welcome title rivals Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Sunday.

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