Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata blames former boss Antonio Conte’s “direct” style for his poor form in front of goal last season.
The Spain international started the season on a bright note by scoring seven goals in his first seven games but his form dipped after it, and could only register three goals in the subsequent 23 games as Chelsea missed out on Champions League place.
His poor run in front of goal led to his omission in the Spain squad that went to the World Cup.
During the off season, the striker was rumoured to have wanted a move away from Chelsea, with Juventus believed to be interested in the 25 year-old’s signature.
Morata though is determined to succeed at Chelsea.
“For me, it’s easy. I could have gone back to Spain or Italy, all the people believe in me there, but I want to change things here,” said Morata.
“I want to, not for all the haters, but for me and for Chelsea. Chelsea gave me everything that I needed and now I have time to give back all that Chelsea give me.
“The most important thing is the way we play. Last season it was direct balls and for me to protect the ball in the air is not my best quality.
“Now I can attack the space, I can play one touch and go in the area for the crosses. It’s better for me.”
Sarri is different from Conte, and the contrast was clear against Arsenal, especially in the second half where Chelsea dominated and found the winner. Morata also found the net in the game with a brilliant solo effort in the first half.
The striker is now hoping to better last season’s tally of 15 goals in all competitions.
“Sarri works with the ball always and when you always have the ball the strikers have more chances,” said Morata.
“I want to score more than 30 goals, but I would prefer to score 15 or 20 and get the Premier League or one big trophy.