After leading the line impressively - and scoring - in Saturday's win over Arsenal, Alvaro Morata says his own particular strengths as a striker are well suited to the the way in which the team are set up to play under Maurizio Sarri.
Morata scored the second of our three goals [pictured below] on a dramatic evening at Stamford Bridge, displaying fantastic pace to get ahead of Shkodran Mustafi and collect a Cesar Azpilicueta pass, before turning inside the Arsenal defender and drilling a left-footed strike beyond Petr Cech.
It’s now two wins from our opening couple of fixtures for the Blues and Morata believes the team will only get better as the season progresses.
‘I think we play good football when we have the ball,’ said the Spaniard. ‘We need to improve on small things but it’s only been one month since we’ve all been together with the manager and I think if we continue like this we can play against any team in the world.
‘I’m very happy because it was three very important points against Arsenal. In the Premier League I think if you win your first five games you’re in the fight because here in every game you can lose or drop points.’
Morata has been the focal point of our attack throughout pre-season and in the first two Premier League matches and, like any striker, he was understandably pleased to get off the mark at the weekend.
‘The last year was very hard for me, not just with confidence,’ he said. ‘The injury [last season] was very bad for me and my head, but when the ball goes into the net everything changes. Your mind isn’t blocked anymore and I hope now I can score a lot of goals.’
The side are getting to grips with a different style of play from the one they had been accustomed to in the last couple of years and it’s undoubtedly been a positive start to life under Sarri.
On a personal note, Morata is enjoying playing in a 4-3-3 formation and he explained why it’s a system which can bring the very best out of him.
‘I think for me the most important thing is the mode we play,’ he said. ‘Last year it was direct, I had to protect the ball in the air and that’s not my best quality. Now I can attack the spaces, play one-touch and go into the area for the crosses which is better for me.
‘The manager works with the ball always and when you work with the ball you have more chances, and the strikers have more chances, but that’s not the most important thing. For sure I want to score more than 30 goals, but I would prefer to score 15 or 20 and for us to win the Premier League or another big trophy. I want to score many goals but the most important thing is the team.’
- Morata spoke to Chelsea TV after the game and you can watch his interview in the video below.