3 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM MORATA’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST ARSENAL

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Alvaro Morata is Chelsea’s record signing. The Blues signed the Spain international from Real Madrid for a club record fee of £60 million.

Alvaro Morata is yet to make his official debut for Chelsea and yesterday played less than 20 minutes Community Shield football against Arsenal at the Wembley Stadium.

Some Chelsea fans and the media at large have lost hope on the 24-year-old who is yet to make his Chelsea debut and it only shows how short-term minded some football fans and pundits could be.

With all the criticisms about the Chelsea summer signing, these are some things I noticed from his limited appearance against Arsenal.

1. DESIRE

Alvaro Morata showed lots of desire in that game against Arsenal; he played a dual role of centre-forward and winger as Chelsea ended the game with a man down. He worked really hard and closed down space impressively.

2. Hold up play

Michy Batshuayi (though a huge potential) wasn’t at his best against Arsenal and his hold up play seemed a far cry as he was isolated upfront for most spells of the game.

However, within the short time Morata played against our fierce London rivals, he held up play impressively and even won a free kick for Chelsea off two Arsenal defenders.

3. AERIAL THREAT

The Spain international also has an impressive height and it will shock you to note that he won all his aerial balls against Arsenal with relative ease. Since the departure of Didier Drogba Chelsea haven’t really had a striker with good aerial presence and Diego Costa’s stats aerially doesn’t seem impressive.

 

While many chose to focus on his penalty miss, these three things were exhibited by Morata in Chelsea’s penalty loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.

2 Comments on "3 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM MORATA’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST ARSENAL"

  1. Peter Paul Kacheche | August 10, 2017 at 5:10 am |

    Sometimes I fail to understand what goes around in fans minds. They want a player to be like a robot that at every game he will be at the same level of playing. Morata have only two weeks since his arrival at the club, everything is new to him from atmosphere, people, environment etc. these are fore challenges his is facing right now, I am sure with time all fans will be singing his name at the Bridge grounds.Let us support him.

  2. Amos Ibrahim Agwom | August 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm |

    Thank you my brother, Chelsea fans could be funny sometimes, this is someone who everybody was hailing Antone Conte for securing his signature to play for the Blues and not up to a month we have started condemning him. As you rightly said, the environment, people he use to see are longer there, the atmosphere which he needs to adapt, I crave the indulgence of the Blues to be patient this is what we lack in Chelsea supporters. I always said there is power in the word, so if someone don’t have something to say let him shut-up.

    We should have faith in our players, all the players we see, no one is willing to under perform it is their future but fans normally portray their worries like they are more concerned than the players, which isn’t so. Lets pray for them and give them every support they will require from us.

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