Alvaro Morata opens up about Chelsea FC struggles
The Chelsea FC striker discusses his struggles at Stamford Bridge over the past few months
Alvaro Morata has shed light on his difficult first season at Chelsea FC, admitting that the Spanish striker needs to score goals to be “happy”.
The 25-year-old has found some decent form in the past couple of weeks as Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri looks to rekindle the type of performances that made the striker such a big hit in Serie A.
The former Juventus striker moved to Chelsea FC in a £60m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer after the Blues missed out on the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Morata hit the ground running with seven goals in seven games but the Spain international suffered an alarming dip in form in the second half of the 2017-18 season.
Chelsea FC signed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal in the January transfer window but Morata appeared to toil rather than thrive with the increased competition for a starting spot.
The Spanish forward scored in a 3-2 win over bitter rivals Arsenal in the second game of the season before he ended a five-game drought in the league with his strike in a 3-0 win at Southampton last time out.
And Morata, who earned a recall to the Spain squad during the international break, lifted the lid on his struggles both on and off the pitch over the past 12 months.
“I’ve learned many things from last season. It was very difficult for me,” Morata told Spanish newspaper El Mundo, as quoted by the Daily Express.
“I left home to play the World Cup and I wasn’t included in the squad anyway.
“Now that my two sons are born I can control my emotions a bit better, both the positive and negative ones. I am happy when I am outside the pitch.
“I’d like to be happier when I play, I need to score more goals in order to be happier. I was really sad a few months ago.
“I wasn’t depressed but I didn’t live my situation very well.
“People used to love me, I scored seven goals in the first seven games at Chelsea.
“Then I got injured and I was playing even if I was feeling pain. There was lot of tension and I didn’t want to speak to anybody.
“One day my wife told that I wasn’t handling the situation in the right way. I was angry because I thought she was against me too.”
Morata won the FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea FC after the Blues were 1-0 winners against Manchester United at Wembley back in May.
The former Real Madrid striker scored 15 times in 48 games in all competitions in his first season at Stamford Bridge, which is a respectable return considering the Spanish player was adapting to English football.
Morata scored Chelsea FC’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last season.
The Chelsea FC number nine will be hoping to start against the Red Devils in west London on Saturday afternoon.