Alvaro Morata

Lampard: Alvaro Morata v haters & El Nino’s mental frailties

Frank Lampard on Chelsea

Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, Frank Lampard, now writes a weekly column for the London Evening Standard.

This week’s report is on Chelsea, while Lampard has focused in on new striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata, 24, joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer.

Some have questioned whether the Spanish international was good enough to lead Chelsea to silverware, despite the forward’s record at Juventus and Real Madrid.

So far Morata has hit the ground running. He’s scored five goals and chalked up four assists in four matches for club and country.

With those stats to rely on, Lampard has sung the praises of Chelsea’s new centre-forward:

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Technically Alvaro is fantastic, as is his movement.  

Alvaro has already proven a few people here wrong who were questioning whether he could cope with the combative game in this country. 

I think he can handle anything. Plus we haven’t seen him really link up with Eden Hazard yet. Great strikers feed off great players, so he will definitely get the chances he craves – it will be about sticking them away. 

Diego Costa & Fernando Torres

Lampard has also looked at Morata in the context of two former Blues forwards: Diego Costa and Fernando Torres.

On Costa, Lampard managed to dredge up his Champions League stats. “Diego Costa scored only twice in this tournament for Chelsea”.

On El Nino, Lampard revealed how Torres allowed bad reviews get into his head at Stamford Bridge:

There was a lot of talk around Fernando when he was struggling to score. The fans stuck behind him but you could see how he was taking the criticism from elsewhere personally.

He was quietly spoken and at times when he was sitting in the dressing room, it looked like there was a huge weight on his shoulders.

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