Chelsea fans may be forgiven for thinking that Alvaro Morata could improve this season with a good preseason under his belt, but he has began this one just as he did the last.
The striker, who signed for Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid, is still showing signs of the wastefulness that drew criticism from fans and pundits alike.
The reasons Chelsea had to bring in Olivier Giroud in January from Arsenal to beef up the attack continue to show in games this offseason.
Morata started the game against Arsenal on Wednesday, and missed glorious chances, one with an open goal and another from 12 yards out, from the penalty spot in regulation time.
The Blues created several chances that went begging, and with Morata at the very top of the attacks, they failed to really seize control of the game despite Antonio Rudiger giving them the lead after five minutes.
Maurizio Sarri defended Morata’s performance, saying the striker may have been ‘tired’ after missing training for the birth of his twin sons.
“I don’t know if he is not confident. Maybe he was tired. The last three days for him were very intense, so maybe this match he was a bit tired. I am not worried about Morata.”