Alvaro Morata came on in the 63rd minute for a substitute appearance against Bayern Munich but showed signs that can make Chelsea fans happy.
The 24 year old Spanish forward joined Chelsea from Real Madrid for a reported initial fee of £58 million and just took two days’ practice with his new colleagues to get into the thick of things against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Singapore’s National Stadium pitch was not an ideal for a big signing to be thrown into but Morata was sent to rescue the two goal deficit the Blues suffered in the first hour of the game.
Alvaro Morata came on for Jeremy Boga just after the hour mark as his team were trailing 3-1 against Bavarian giants. Chelsea were humiliated in the first half as Rafinha scored from distance and Thomas Muller scored twice in quick succession. Marcos Alonso thumped one home at the end of the first half to reduce the lead.
After coming on, Morata was full of energy, made darting runs, won free-kicks and contributed towards Michy Batshuayi’s goal to make the score 3-2 in the end. Morata showed that he can replicate the hold-up play Diego Costa offered to Chelsea last season.
Antonio Conte was satisfied with Morata’s short cameo for the Blues despite the defeat –
“We need to give him the right time to adapt to our way of football but he must be pleased with his performance.”
The manager also said: “It’s not easy to speak about the impact of Alvaro because he’s only been with us two days and he needs to work and find his feet, and understand our idea of football, but for sure he showed a great will and for us he’s a great buy.”
With Batshuyai up top, Morata was deployed in a wider role yesterday much like his time in Real Madrid and Juventus. This showed the versatility in play the Spanish forward can bring in for the Blue’s title defence.