‘If I miss, it’s because the pitch is too wet’: Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata admits he would make up any excuse after missing chances last season
- Alvaro Morata scored twice for Chelsea in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace
- After the game, Morata said his mentality was ‘down’ for most of last season
- He played not 100 per cent fit as doctors couldn’t diagnose what was wrong
- He also felt critics pointed the finger at him whenever Chelsea fell to defeat
Alvaro Morata has admitted he would seek any excuse after missing chances last season, to the extent that he would blame the weather for making the pitch too wet.
Speaking openly after scoring twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Morata says his mentality was ‘down’ for the majority of the 2017-18 campaign under Antonio Conte.
He played while not 100 per cent fit as doctors could not diagnose what was wrong. The Spanish centre forward also felt critics pointed the finger at him whenever Chelsea lost.
Alvaro Morata seems to have rediscovered his form under new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri
Morata says only his wife, Alice Campello, knew what he was going through but that now he has fixed his head and feels capable of leading Maurizio Sarri’s side.
‘In football, physical condition is very important, but the head is the most important thing,’ Morata said. ‘If you don’t have the head, if the mentality is not good, then you are in trouble.
‘I had a period where everything… if it is raining, I’m angry because it’s raining. If I miss, it’s because the pitch is too wet. It was only excuses. It is not good.
‘Everyone can have a bad period in their life, but we are famous, we have a lot of things. Sometimes people think we are not human, with no feelings, with no problems.
‘The important thing is to find the right balance. Now, I have, and I am very happy. I’m better. In the last month of last season, I was down, down, down, down. I cannot be more down. When you touch the limit, the only thing you can do is to come back.’
Morata has admitted his mentality was ‘down’ for most of last season under Antonio Conte
Morata has scored five goals in the Premier League this season. He could have secured a hat-trick in stoppage time against Palace but fluffed his lines when one on one with Wayne Hennessey.
‘In the last 10 minutes, I only have in my head, “I want to bring the ball home”, and I think that’s why I missed,’ Morata continued. ‘If I don’t think, probably I score.
‘At the end of the season, if we want to fight for the Premier League, I need to score many goals, Eden [Hazard] has to score many goals, the other strikers, Willian, Pedro, [Ross] Barkley.
‘There is Hazard, there is [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino, [Sergio] Aguero, [Harry] Kane. This is the league with the best strikers in the world. I don’t need to think about scoring more goals than other players.’
The Spanish striker scored twice for Chelsea in their 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday
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