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Alvaro Morata was in stellar form against Manchester United on Sunday, as he scored the only goal of the game to give Chelsea all three points in what was a very important win.

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte needs to protect Morata if Chelsea will stand a chance of winning the Premier League title this season.

“Chelsea will need to wrap Morata in cotton wool in order to get him through a Premier League season,” Crooks explained to BBC Sport.

“Fixtures during the Christmas and New Year periods can make or break a team, not to mention a player’s form, and Morata looks more like a thoroughbred stallion than a Hereford bull.

“That said, Conte is no pushover and his response to leaving David Luiz, arguably his best player last season, out of the line-up against United, proves he is in no mood to take any nonsense from any of his players and expects complete and total commitment from everyone regardless of their perceived status.

“I think Morata is a very different personality to Luiz, but if Conte wants to win the title that already appears to be slipping away, he has to manage all his players all the time regardless of their personality.”

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