After one win from their last five Premier League fixtures, Chelsea have fallen behind in the race for a Champions League spot.
The Blues are currently fifth in the table, 10 points behind Tottenham with just six games to play.
Much of their struggle has been down to a failure in front of goal. It seems that Chelsea are creating good chances, but they’re not finishing them.
For much of 2018, strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have been sharing the responsibility up top.
Both have been struggling to find the net, with just three goals in 15 games between them since the turn of the year.
Back in August when the season kicked off, it looked as if Morata had made a seamless transition between La Liga and the Premier League after joining for a club record £58 million.
The Spaniard scored seven goals in his first eight games after moving from Real Madrid, but his form has suffered badly since.
According to Morata himself, there’s one reason for his lack of goals in the second half of the season.
“Everything was good until I had the problems with my back,” he said, per the Daily Mail.
“I played with a lot of pain and it probably would have been better if I’d stopped. But I wanted to play with my team-mates, for the club and the fans. Now it’s in the past.”
The striker sustained a back problem in December and it was even reported that he went to see a specialist in Germany to help cure the problem.
Despite the injury, Morata continued to challenge for Chelsea and has now admitted that he could have helped the club get into a better position – but will still be fighting for what’s left this year.
“My first year could have been better, but there are still more games to go and we have a chance to win the FA Cup.”
With fourth spot looking like a distant dream for the Blues, FA Cup success is the only way they can salvage a poor season.
But if they’re to win it, Morata will have to rediscover his early form and finish strong.