‘Difficulties had hurt him’: Sarri defends ‘technically gifted’ Morata
‘The difficulties had hurt him’: Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri defends ‘technically gifted’ Alvaro Morata and explains his bond with David Luiz
- Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has come to the defence of striker Alvaro Morata
- The £75million man has looked short of confidence and been widely criticised
- Sarri sees Morata as a ‘technically gifted’ player who has had ‘difficulties’
- The Chelsea boss also opened up on why he clicks with defender David Luiz
Maurizio Sarri has come to the defence of Chelsea’s £75million striker Alvaro Morata, who has come under criticism following a lack of goals for the side.
Large expectations were placed on the shoulders of the Spaniard following his high profile move from Real Madrid, though a poor first season in English football saw him fail to make Spain’s Russia World Cup squad.
Recapping on his time spent so far in England, in which his Chelsea side are yet to be defeated, Sarri highlighted the attributes he values in Morata.
Out-of-form Alvaro Morata has received the backing of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri
The £75million man has had a difficult time at Stamford Bridge and struggled for consistency
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‘Morata is a quality player, fast and technically gifted. He’s a sensible person and the difficulties had hurt him,’ the Italian told DiMarzio.
‘The results and the quality of our football are positive. 18 games without a loss, in such a competitive reality show that we’re on the right track.’
So far in 42 Premier League appearances for the Blues, Morata has come up with 16 goals and six assists while boasting a shot accuracy of just 45 per cent.
While the Spain striker is still struggling to find his feet at Stamford Bridge, one player who has been buoyed by the appointment of Sarri is defender David Luiz.
The Brazilian is back in the starting XI once again at Chelsea this season, after missing a large portion of the last campaign due to differences with former boss Antonio Conte.
Sarri admits he has been surprised by the ‘availability and cleverness’ of David Luiz
Sarri has slotted Luiz into his plans, and admits the 31-year-old has surprised him with his readiness and approach to the game.
‘There isn’t a lot of time between the training sessions and I think it doesn’t help the coach nor the players,’ said Sarri.
‘It’s not even only about the physical aspect but also about the mental one. David Luiz surprised me by his availability and cleverness.’
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