Maurizio Sarri rises to Morata’s defense, alludes fatigue resnponsible for his poor outing vs Arsenal


Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has attributed the poor outing of Alvaro Morata vs Arsenal to tiredness or a lack of confidence.
The former Real Madrid forward missed a spot-kick in normal time and generally looked off the pace as Chelsea let a 1-0 lead slip in Dublin to draw 1-1, eventually losing 6-5 in a penalty shootout.

The Spaniard started the 2017/18 season brilliantly following his big-money move from Real Madrid but tailed off towards the end of the campaign, finishing with 15 goals across all competitions including 11 in the Premier League.
Unlike many of his Chelsea teammates, Morata was not involved at the World Cup in Russia after being left out of Spain’s squad.
But Sarri still suggested tiredness could have had something to do with the 25-year-old’s underwhelming display against Arsenal.
“I don’t know if he’s not confident. Maybe he was tired,” Sarri said in a post-match press conference, according to football.london.
“The last three days for him have been very intense so maybe in this match he was tired. I am not worried about Morata.”
Morata had only recently returned to training following the birth of his twin sons, after Sarri had granted him initial leave from training.

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