Alvaro Morata started his Chelsea career with a bang, scoring seven goals in eight appearances, but the goals dried up afterwards and the Spaniard found himself struggling for the rest of the season.
Morata’s struggles continued until this season and Maurizio Sarri preferred Olivier Giroud as his first choice striker, but the 26-year-old has picked up form in recent weeks and has scored six goals already this season.
Morata has revealed that something is the factor behind his recent form and he has revealed that he has been seeing a psychologist who has been helping him get his confidence back.
“I think it’s very important to have confidence,” he told Spanish outlet ABC. “Things go well for you. In this period of my life I have realised that you always have to train your mind. It’s not only about being physically prepared. To withstand the pressure, you also have to work, it is the most important thing in our field.
“I had never thought about training the mind, really. 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.
“The idea of going to the psychologist, for anyone who has any problem, is associated with something negative. I think everyone sees it that way when it’s really a very important thing. 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.
“I’ve scored goals again, but it’s not when I’m playing my best football. I will continue going to the psychologist, it helps me to manage the pressure and emotions.”
Morata has revealed that he thought about leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, but his wife urged him not to.
“I told my wife and my family that I had to take a step or two back to enjoy [football] again,” he added.
“I was under a lot of pressure and when you’re like that you stop enjoying [football].
“It is at that moment when you have to realise that either you let them help you and listen to you or you can keep on getting worse. 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.
“My wife laughed and said: ‘Do not say nonsense…’ Many things happen in your head but now I am enjoying [football] again. It was a matter of adjusting my head, which is what controls the body.”