Gianfranco Zola sends frank message to Chelsea FC striker Alvaro Morata
Gianfranco Zola opens up about Alvaro Morata's recent form for Chelsea FC
Gianfranco Zola has told Alvaro Morata that he needs to continue working hard to improve his game at Chelsea FC.
It has been something of a difficult start to the new campaign for Morata following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as the club’s new manager in the summer.
Morata has only started 11 of Chelsea FC’s 21 Premier League games so far this season and has struggled to find consistent form for the Italian boss.
The 26-year-old striker has netted five goals in 943 minutes of top-flight football so far this season but he would certainly have been hoping to have had more of an impact by this stage of the season.
His patchy form has raised questions about his long-term future at Chelsea FC, with Morata having been linked with a potential exit as part of a swap deal for Gonzalo Higuarin in recent days.
However, Zola feels that Morata simply needs to refocus and take responsibility for his own form as he looks to hold down a regular spot in the first team.
Speaking to Chelsea FC’s website before the FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Zola said: “I remember when I didn’t score for a while it was a problem, because the first thing you try to do is to score more!
“I know he feels a lot of responsibility because he doesn’t score enough, but he has to learn to put everything behind him, because these are only burdens you take on the pitch and they don’t help you perform better.
“I totally understand his frustrations and feelings, but we need to deal with this and come up with a solution that allow him to play at his standards.
“You are at Chelsea, people expect a lot from a number nine at Chelsea. This is normal. Alvaro has to get used to it, but if he goes to another big club it’s going to be the same. There is no way you can avoid your responsibilities. It’s part of your job.
“We thought he was the perfect number nine for us. This is the reason why we invested a lot in him this year. Maurizio always said that. Technically he is without doubt one of the best in his position.
“He has to improve a little bit tactically. Nowadays football is so organised you need to get better tactically. Your ability itself is not enough. But Alvaro has been working on that. He has a good attitude.”
Chelsea FC will take on Tottenham at Wembley in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.