Maurizio Sarri believes Alvaro Morata can take plenty of confidence from his winning goal tonight as well as an all-round performance which impressed the boss.
Morata struck the only goal against Vidi with 20 minutes to play as we secured another 1-0 Europa League victory, following on from our success in Greece a fortnight ago.
The Spaniard’s second goal of the season, and first since August, proved pivotal on a testing night at the Bridge when patience was required to break down the Hungarian champions. It was Morata that made the telling contribution…
‘I’m really very happy for him,’ Sarri said.
‘It’s very important for him to score, but I think it’s very important for him to play a good match. It’s very important for him to play for the team like he did this evening.
‘Alvaro can restart from this performance. He played very well, better than the last period. He has to take confidence from his performance. Sometimes you can score, sometimes not, but the performance is important.
‘He’s a very important player for us. At the moment we have Alvaro and Giroud. We have to play every three days for a long time I think, I hope, so they are both very important for our season.’
It was put to Sarri that Morata looked close to tears after scoring tonight
‘If he wants to cry after a goal, I hope to see him cry very often!’
On the match overall, Sarri found reasons to be positive and negative
‘It was very hard. In the first half we had opportunities for scoring. We didn’t do it, and so the second half was very hard.
‘We created a lot of goalscoring opportunities, but we conceded two or three opportunities to the opponents, and we have to do better in the defensive phase, in the positions under the line of the ball to avoid counter-attacks.’
Vidi were stubborn in defence and posed a threat going forward
‘They are very organised in their defensive phase. They defended very low but well. I was surprised because they were dangerous in the counter-attacks.’
Ross Barkley came on in the second half having received an England recall earlier in the day
‘I am very happy for him. He had a very serious injury last season. Now he is recovering very well and he is improving match by match. He can have a very important future in this club and with the national team.’