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Alvaro Morata has been struggling since signing for Chelsea last year, having joined from Spanish giants Real Madrid for a then club record transfer fee of around £60m.

Morata has scored 22 goals in 68 appearances for Chelsea since leaving Real Madrid, but his form has been inconsistent, and he has looked short of confidence in recent games.

The Spain international was dropped for Chelsea’s game against Manchester City, as Maurizio Sarri opted for a front three of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Morata didn’t even make the bench, with Olivier Giroud the only striker named in the substitute list.

Sarri has now sent a message to Morata that he should try to understand that the decision was a tactical one made for the benefit of the team.

Sarri also insisted that Morata is part of his plans, despite dropping him against City.

He said: “But I think it’s normal choice for this kind of match. I don’t know if in Brighton we will play in the same way or not, maybe not.

“I don’t know but I think that Alvaro is able to understand that it is only tactical decision, not the final choice.

“We thought yesterday that for the first time in the season there was the possibility to have more spaces, and so we wanted to try with Eden because for the first time there was the possibility to play in counter-attacks.

“Hazard, Pedro and Willian are really very suitable for this kind of playing, so I think it’s a normal choice.

“I think that it’s really a very good option and maybe we will try it again in the future, especially for some matches.”

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