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Zola: Morata Should Handle Chelsea Pressure

Gianfranco Zola has urged struggling Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata to handle the pressure at the club.

The Spain international forward has only managed five goals in the league and seven in all competitions so far this season.

Morata cost Chelsea around £60 million to join the club from Madrid, but has failed to impress despite starting life well at Stamford Bridge.

“It should be a motivational thing,” said Zola. “You are at Chelsea, you are not playing for Southampton or Brighton with all due respect to those clubs.


“People expect a lot from the number nine at Chelsea. They expect a lot of goals and good performances. This is normal, he has to get used to it.

“If he goes to another big club it’ll be the same – there is no way you can avoid your responsibilities.

“It’s part of your job and if you can handle that then the better you’re going to be.”

Zola added: “Technically Morata – and this is the reason we invested a lot in him this year – we thought he was the perfect number nine for us.

“Maurizio [Sarri] has always said that. Technically without doubt he is one of the best in this position.


“I think he has to improve a little bit tactically because nowadays with the type of football, football is so organised you need to get better tactically, your ability is not enough.

“In my opinion he needs to improve on this. He’s been working on that, he has a good attitude. He feels that he doesn’t score enough and he feels a lot of responsibilities for that.

“But he has to learn to put everything behind because these are only burdens that you take on the pitch and they don’t help you to perform better.”

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