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Maurizio Sarri: Alvaro Morata Is Still Mentally Fragile

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admits striker Alvaro Morata is “mentally fragile” despite the Spaniard notching a brace in the Premier League victory over Crystal Palace. However, Sarri has backed Morata to continue improving after netting his fifth and sixth goals of the season.

Sarri came to Chelsea from Napoli late in the summer and didn’t sign any striker for the Blues. It leaves Morata and Giroud as his current striker available at the moment.

Advice on Morata

The former Napoli boss spoke on a press conference regarding Morata’s condition. He said; “I don’t know for Alvaro but the goal must have consequences.

“He has to play with the team and the mates without thinking of the goals. The goal usually from the team and individual performances.

“He’s (Morata) a little bit fragile from a mental point of view. He still very young but he can improve very fast”.

Striking issue for the Blues

Chelsea hasn’t lost in the Premier League yet this season. Moreover, goals keep on flowing for the blues but unfortunately not much coming from the striker.

The Italian boss had 4 strikers at his disposal when he arrived from Naples earlier this season. Morata, Giroud, Batshuayi and Abraham. He went out on loan, leaving only Morata and Giroud available for selection.

Spaniard Morata scored 6 goals in all competition for the Blue so far. While Olivier Giroud doesn’t still haven’t found the net yet this season.

Besides that, he once said that he’s considering to start Eden Hazard as a striker. He said; “I could play Hazard on the striker position but Giroud and Morata have to prove themselves”.

Hazard or a new striker?

There are rumours flying through the air at Stamford Bridge that Chelsea planning to bring Thorgan Hazard back home. Chelsea blew the chance to bring Thorgan back via buy-back-clause last winter transfer window. Unfortunately, he is not a striker.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Leon Bailey was the other Chelsea target which is not a striker. Knowing Sarri, he had once transformed a winger into a deadly no 9 for Napoli in Dries Mertens.

Some fans suggested that Sarri should unleash Eden Hazard as no 9, like what he did with Mertens. Probably that’s the reason why the club didn’t show much interest in signing a new striker. Sarri said he is happy with the squad that he has.

Last time Chelsea were linked with another striker, some name that pops-up raised so many questions. From legendary twitter hero Peter Crouch of Stoke City to Ashley Barnes of Burnley. At least Edin Dzeko is not a bad choice to be linked with. Chelsea ends up signing Giroud instead, which is good because of the Premier League experiences he had.

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