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Álvaro Morata’s second half of his first campaign with Chelsea was not like his first half, which saw the Spaniard score 10 of his 11 Premier League goals before the turn of the calendar. It was so bad the 25-year-old was prepared to head home or to Italy to continue his football career.
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Alvaro Morata considered leaving Chelsea this summer after calling his first season in English football "a disaster". The 25-year-old striker joined Chelsea from Real Madrid last year and enjoyed a flying start with six goals in his first six Premier League games, but he struggled in the second half of the season, scoring just three times in the final 23 games. The loss of form meant Morata missed out on Spain's World Cup squad and led to thoughts about leaving England in favour of a return home or to Italy. "I thought about playing again in Spain or Italy. Of course I thought it would have been happy, but you cannot always escape from reality," he told the Spanish press. "It was a disaster last year, I did not know where I was, I was not happy. "I signed for Chelsea to be there (World Cup in Russia) and I was not, although that ultimately made me motivated. ...
I know that Morata’s end to last season was not great but I did not realize it was that bad. It was clear when watching Chelsea that the Spanish striker was not happy with his performances and it didn’t get much better when the Pensioners signed Olivier Giroud in January as cover for Morata. What made the situation worse for Morata was Giroud taking over the starting striker role toward the end of the season.
Morata put on a show in the first half of the season with a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Stoke City on Sept. 23, which also showed the different ways Morata could find the back of the net. His other high note was scoring the winning goal in the 55th minute against Manchester United on Nov. 5th. It was the only goal of the match and the Spaniard rose to meet compatriot César Azpilicueta’s cross.
Morata showed glimpses of real promise but could really look lost in matches where he did not see as much service as needed. He was quoted stating that missing the World Cup was devastating but it should help motivate him to success this season with Chelsea. He has scored once in four starts up front this campaign and he looks more confident under Maurizio Sarri. Maybe just a change in manager was all he needed.