Alvaro Morata rates Everton as one of the toughest opponents in the Premier League, but the in-form striker insists that the Blues always have the belief we can win, especially at Stamford Bridge...
The Spanish striker is in a rich vein of form, having scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances, and is aiming to net in three consecutive matches in the English top flight for the first time.
He had a hand in both goals against the Toffees at the Bridge last season, teeing up Cesc Fabregas before scoring our second in a 2-0 victory. We are unbeaten in 23 home Premier League games against the Merseyside club and Morata says all our focus is on ensuring that run continues.
‘I think the important thing is to always try to get the three points at home,’ he says. ‘If we want to be able to fight until the end for the Premier League, we need to be able to take all the points possible in our home.
‘We have a very strong mentality, we are always together and we have a really good group this year. If we are lucky, I think we can be one of the teams in the race for the Premier League.
‘In the Premier League all the teams are tough and Everton are a really good side. But we are at home and with our supporters, so we need to play good and we need to be together if we want to win something this year. We always try to play our best football, but we need their support.
‘I think they are a really good team. It is always different when a team changes its manager, but I think they play well, they have good ideas with and without the ball, and we need to play a really good game to beat them. If we continue on the same line as the last few games in the Premier League, I think for sure it will be a tough game, but we can win.’
If the Blues avoid defeat, Maurizio Sarri will set a new record for longest unbeaten start in the Premier League by a manager and Morata praised the Italian’s methods, which have resulted in him getting back among the goals, with six to his name in all competitions.
‘It’s fun how we play now,’ he says. ‘I think for the supporters as well, when they come to see our matches, it's good because we enjoy playing and we have had some very good performances with the ball. For example, the goal I scored against Southampton was a good team goal and we enjoy playing one- and two-touch quickly, which is what the manager wants.
‘I think I can prove more,’ he adds. ‘In the past it wasn't easy for me, but this is a new season. I think it's not important if you score 25 or 30 goals, it's important you help the team to win. I prefer winning something and scoring less goals, but I will be so happy if I score a lot of goals and we win trophies this season. I'm a striker, it's our job and it's true that we need to score, and I am happy when I do.’
In Thursday’s Europa League win over BATE, Eden Hazard returned to the starting line-up, and Morata also explained how important the Belgian is to the Blues.
‘I think he is one of the best. When he is fit and happy, probably to stop him is the hardest thing in the world. I think one to one, or even if you put two on him, he is one of the top three in the world. We are very happy to have Eden here and we hope he stays for a long time.’