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Despite scoring just five goals in all competitions in 2018, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas insists the striker has the backing of his teammates.

His poor form has seen Olivier Giroud overtake him as Chelsea’s first-choice striker.

Morata missed a glorious chance against Vidi in the first half before making amends and scoring from close range in the second half.

Morata appeared emotional as he celebrated the goal with Willian and Fabregas admits he was pleased to see the striker back on the score-sheet.

When asked by reporters after the 1-0 win whether it was a game that Morata will remember, Fabregas said according to Standard Sport: “Alvaro will I’m sure, it was very important for him.

“You can feel he was trying to be a little bit nervous about the situation. He was stressing out a bit so the goal will do him a lot of good.

“I think this happens to all the strikers, they want to score goals. That’s their nature. I’ve never felt it as it is not my game. But I feel for them when they don’t score goals, especially Alvaro as I have a good relationship with him and I know that he suffers as he cares a lot.

“That’s very important as he cares as he wants to do really well in football. Sometimes it happens and sometimes not, but I’m very happy for him today.”

When asked if the players still believe in Morata, Fabregas replied: “Yeah definitely.

“We believe in him, we believe in everyone. Definitely it’s up to him to keep trying as he’s doing and behaving in the way he does.

“His attitude is spot on and he always tries his best. We are delighted and hopefully this is the first of many.”

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