Alvaro Morata reveals secret behind Chelsea FC transformation

The Chelsea FC striker reveals talking to a psychologist has helped to improve his confidence and form

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC striker Alvaro Morata Photo: Alvaro Morata / Instagram

Alvaro Morata has shed light on how talking to a therapist has helped to transform the Chelsea FC striker’s form.

The Spain international has rediscovered his composure and clinical edge in front of goal in the current Premier League campaign under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues striker has netted five times in 11 outings in the English top flight, starting eight times and making three appearances off the bench.

Morata struggled the final months of Antonio Conte’s reign at the west London side, scoring three goals in his last 29 appearances of the 2017-18 season.

The Spanish forward was linked with a potential exit in the summer after Conte’s departure, but Sarri appears to have rekindled his confidence and form.

However, Morata has credited a psychologist with helping the former Juventus and Real Madrid striker to get back to his best in a Chelsea FC shirt.

“I had never thought about training the mind, really,” Morata told Spanish newspaper ABC, as quoted by the Daily Express.

“When a player hears the word psychologist at the first, you are taken aback, but I realised that I needed help.

“At first, I was a bit embarrassed to talk to the psychologist and tell him all my problems and with the help of everyone I have managed to recover happiness in football.

“This summer I said to myself once or twice that I wanted to go to a team where I would be happy again, without pressure.

“Now I am happier than ever at Chelsea and happier than ever in the national team even if it is not my best moment on the pitch.”

Chelsea FC are in third place in the Premier League table and four points behind current leaders Manchester City after 12 games in the top flight.

The Blues will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday 24 November in pursuit of a return to winning ways.

Chelsea FC were held to a goalless draw with Everton last time out in the Premier League.

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