Soccer NewsWednesday 14th February 2018

Chelsea star admits the big mistake he's made with the Blues this season

Chelsea star admits the big mistake he's made with the Blues this season

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata admits he made a big mistake in playing through pain this season after his recent injury setbacks for the Blues.

The Spain international has not had a particularly happy first season at Stamford Bridge, having failed to build on a promising start and not looking quite in the same league as his centre-forward predecessor Diego Costa.

Chelsea fans will have expected more from their big-name summer signing, but the player has now attempted to explain how things have gone wrong for him.

Morata himself accepts a large portion of the blame, saying it wasn’t the best idea to play while he was struggling with pain as that affected his performances on the pitch.

‘I made a mistake in that respect as I played with pain [earlier this season],’ Morata told Movistar, as quoted by the Metro.

‘I went through a poor spell where I missed important goals but I wasn’t well physically and mentally.’

Alvaro Morata playing for Chelsea
Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea in the summer and has not lived up to expectations

Morata never had to cope with being regular first choice at previous club Real Madrid, where he earned something of a reputation as being a reliable super-sub, but rarely more than that.

At Stamford Bridge, the 25-year-old has had to immediately become first choice up front for Antonio Conte’s side, and it may be that that has proven a hard role to adjust to.

Morata has 12 goals and five assists in 31 games in all competitions for Chelsea this season – decent return, but perhaps not of the kind of level fans expected when they paid what BBC Sport reported as a club-record £60million fee for him last summer.

alvaro morata chelsea
Alvaro Morata has had his injury problems at Chelsea

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