Alvaro Morata has been criticised for his inconsistent performance since making his debut in the Premier League in 2017.
The Spaniard started in the FA Cup third round tie against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, and he bagged a brace in this game. Despite scoring two goals, we saw two sides of Morata as he sent the ball over the bar when faced with an open net but his embarrassment was saved by the flag of the linesman for offside.
Carlo Cudicini who handled the team’s post-match press conference backed Morata and commended his performance.
“I think Alvaro played an important part in today’s performance, he was very good in terms of working for the team, offensively but mainly defensively,” said Cudicini.
“It was very important for him to score two goals which can only be good for his confidence. We are all pleased with his performance but we were even when he didn’t score in previous games so hopefully it will be good for his morale that he scored, and hopefully he will be more free in his mind.
“Gianfranco Zola mentioned in the press conference before the match that for a striker it’s difficult when you go through a spell when you don’t score many goals, so his body language was a bit down, but in training he’s working very hard and we all knew that sooner or later he would be able to turn the corner and start scoring goals. Thankfully he did it today, it was very important because we really care about this competition and we want to do well.”
“He has all the possibilities to do that,” Cudicini added, when asked if Morata should set himself a big target in terms of goals for the season.
“He’s a great striker, he has great qualities and now his confidence is back I’m sure he will keep on scoring goals for us.
“I think everyone is different. Some players are perhaps more affected by criticism they receive but for us the most important thing is that he’s training hard and he wants to improve. Performance-wise, on top of the goals it was very important he did a fantastic job for the team, that’s our concern.”
Morata has now scored 9 goals in all competitions this season, and Maurizio Sarri will be hoping that the 26-year-old brings his A Game in the semi finals of the Carabao Cup against Tottenham Hotspur next week Tuesday.