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Alvaro Morata has been widely criticised by the media and fans especially during his time in London with Chelsea, due to his struggle with finding the back of the net.

Morata joined Chelsea for a club record fee in 2017, but the Spaniard failed to live up to expectations despite a bright start to his Chelsea career.

Following the sack of former manager Antonio Conte, it was expected Morata will pick back form under new boss Maurizio Sarri, but the Spaniard struggled yet again, before opting for a move away from the club.

Morata joined Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window on a two-year loan deal as he sought to get back his goalscoring form.

Morata score a brace for Spain on Tuesday as the Spaniards defeated Malta 2-0 away from home. Morata who hasn’t scored for Spain since November 2017, slammed a left-footed finish across the goalkeeper after half an hour to net his first international goal in almost two years. Forty-two minutes afterwards, he headed in a brilliant cross from Jesus Navas to score the second and his 15th for Spain.

And now, the Spaniard seems to be on the right path to find his goalscoring form back for club and country and seems to have an air of confidence around him.

After the game, the former Blues player talked to the media about the criticism around him as he revealed that people are waiting for him to fail.

He said: “There are many people hoping that I don’t score so that they can criticize me. I play for Spain and Atletico Madrid, I have many eyes on me and I draw a lot of criticism. People can say and write what they want. A few years ago that would have done my head in, but now I’m only focused on helping my team.

“I have to thank Luis Enrique, he believed in me at all times. – continued Morata –  Against Malta we had to win for him, he deserves this result, we would die for him.

“The brace? I’m happy, these are the first two goals since my children were born.”

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