CHELSEA striker Alvaro Morata’s start to life in England didn’t go to plan – but it could have been a lot worse.
The Spaniard made his first competitive appearance for the Blues when he came off the bench in the Community Shield against Arsenal in August.
But he was ripped to shreds by fans for a shocking penalty miss – which effectively gave the Gunners the trophy.
Morata has since revealed just how that shot impacted him and his wife Alice Campello in the days after the 2-1 defeat.
“Well, I was not really feeling okay after I missed the penalty against Arsenal [in the Community Shield],” he explained.
“I found the two days after that really difficult, my wife wanted me to get out of the house.
“But, you need to remain strong at the end of the day.
“We are doing well now and that is the most important thing.”
Since his debut to forget, Morata has gone on to become the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer so far this season, with six goals.
He also netted against former rivals Atletico Madrid in the Blues’ impressive 2-1 win.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has acknowledged that the enforced absence of defender David Luiz for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City is a “big loss”.
The Brazil international featured in the midweek win over Atletico Madrid but will complete a three-match domestic suspension following his red card against Arsenal.
The defender also has a broken wrist but the Blues have adequate cover with youngster Andreas Christensen likely to step into the defence.
The Danish centre-back has impressed when he has featured so far, following his return from a two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach, and Conte hinted he was impressed with what he had seen so far.
“For sure it’s a big loss,” Conte said in Luiz’s absence.
“Andreas Christensen is playing well and showing he is a really good player.
“I’m happy with his performances.”