Chelsea FC: Morata must step up to book his flight to Russia

This weekend, Chelsea secured their place in the semifinals of the FA Cup, after beating Leicester at The King Power Stadium.

Chelsea showed their fighting spirit, and thanks to goals from Morata and Pedro, they secured their place at the Wembley. In this game, Alvaro Morata finally ended the goal drought. This was his 13th goal of the season, and his first since December 2017 (vs Brighton).

With this goal, he ended a run of 13 games in all competitions without one. Surely, massive for him and also for Chelsea.

But, not everything was perfect for Chelsea’s big summer signing in the past few days. When Spain’s squad for the March friendlies was announced, Alvaro Morata wasn’t on it.

But, it was not a big surprise, because he’s been injured and struggling for both form and game time for weeks. Spain boss Julen Lopetegui said that Alvaro Morata still has a chance to play at the World Cup and also he has challenged him to produce his best form for Chelsea to land a World Cup spot.

Morata has had a couple of difficult months because of a back problem. He’s now 100 per cent and he really needed that goal against Leicester to get his confidence back. Maybe, this will be a turning point for the Spaniard to save his season.

Maybe, Spain is doing a huge favor for Chelsea by not calling up Morata. He now knows he must impress in the next three months with Chelsea to stand any chance of making Spain’s World Cup squad.

Chelsea have a minimum of nine games remaining in their season. It’s in everyone’s interest — club, country and player — for Alvaro to put together a timely hot streak and save both: Chelsea’s season and his place in Russia.

He needs to put in a shift and try to finish the season on a high, and help Chelsea secure Champions League spot for the next season.


Written by Rijad Abaza

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