Alvaro Morata on his Chelsea form
The jury is still out on whether Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea has been a success.
Morata has scored 11 Premier League goals in his first year in the league. That’s the same as Eden Hazard.
The Spanish centre-forward has also chipped in with six Premier League assists.
However, while Morata was in top form earlier on in the season, the second half of the campaign has been a harder slog.
Such has been Morata’s form, he was omitted from the last Spanish international squad.
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This week Morata has spoken to Chelsea TV about his first year at Stamford Bridge, and the forward has tried to explain why his Blues form has nosedived.
Morata: ‘All because of injuries’
Morata has laid his form down to health issues:
Everything was good until I had the problems with my back. I played with a lot of pain and it probably would have been better if I’d stopped.
But I wanted to play with my team-mates, for the club and the fans. Now it’s in the past.
My first year could have been better, but there are still more games to go and we have a chance to win the FA Cup.
Should Antonio Conte be blamed for playing Morata when he was struggling with his back issues?
Southampton vs Chelsea
Southampton host Chelsea at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Both sides begin the weekend in poor form.
Chelsea appear to be on the verge of sacking Antonio Conte after his side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham in last weekend’s London derby. Cesar Azpilicueta opened the scoring for the Blues before Javier Hernandez leveled things up for the Hammers in the second half.
Chelsea have lost three away Premier League matches on the spin and their chances of finishing inside the top four are fading quickly.
Southampton face even greater problems as they begin the weekend inside the relegation zone, three points from safety.
There were, however, promising signs for Saints last weekend, who suffered a narrow 3-2 away defeat at Arsenal. Shane Long and Charlie Austin scored for Southampton, who finished the match with 10 men.
Southampton have the second-worst home record in the league this season, winning only 3 of their 16 matches.