Morata: Aiming high

Alvaro Morata possesses a proven pedigree in the Champions League, and the Spaniard believes with the right attitude the Blues can go far in this season’s competition.

Morata remained on the bench during Tuesday’s win against Qarabag but it is surely only a matter of time before he appears in the competition again. Though still only 24, he has already appeared in three Champions League finals. He came off the bench as Real Madrid secured the trophy last season and in 2014, as well as scoring for Juventus in the 2015 showpiece against Barcelona.

He is clearly well placed to identify what will be required if his new side are to reach the later stages of the tournament.

‘It’s an incredible competition,’ Morata said. ‘With all the teams I’ve played for in the Champions League I have reached the final and I hope to do so this year too. It’s very difficult to win the Champions League but I think we have a good team, and with a good mentality we can do good things.’

Before the next Champions League outing however there are domestic games to contest and after coming off the bench – and scoring – on the opening day of the season against Burnley, Morata has started every Premier League match since and netted three goals in his first four Chelsea appearances. He has discussed the differences between going up against English defenders and those in Spain and Italy.

‘At the moment, I’ve only scored and assisted with my head for Chelsea, so I hope to use my feet as well soon!’ he joked. ‘But it’s true that English football is different to Italy and Spain. You don’t have much time to calm down, or relax, because all the time the ball is on fire! You need to be in good condition to play here and approach every match with a good mentality.

‘In terms of the marking, it is probably the same here as in Italy with the teams that are maybe not at the top of the league – those teams are compact and it’s hard for us sometimes to break them down. But when the other team wants to play with the ball, you can find space. That’s when you find the spaces to attack the other team.’