Alvaro Morata prefers new coach Maurizio Sarri to Antonio Conte

The Spanish striker is happy that Sarri's style generates "more opportunities" for the strikers than under Conte's defensive-first approach

Álvaro Morata ha empezado con buen pie la Premier League
Álvaro Morata ha empezado con buen pie la Premier League. | EFE

Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata has spoken about the differences between new coach, Maurizio Sarri, and his former coach, Antonio Conte. The Spanish forward criticised the team's style of play last season. He believes Conte played "more direct" which obligated the strikers to constantly be fighting for the ball in the air. This is a facet of the game which doesn't suit the strengths of the former Real Madrid man. 

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Morata said: "The most important thing is the way we play now. Last season it was direct balls and for me to protect the ball in the air is not my strongest quality," in reference to the system and style used by former coach Conte.

It became obvious during the course of last season that the Spaniard and Italian coach didn't see eye to eye, causing Morata's form to suffer drastically. "Now I can attack the space, I can play one touch and go into the area for the crosses. It's better for me. Sarri always works with the ball and when you always have the ball the strikers will have more chances."

Following Conte's departure and the arrival of Sarri, it appears all of the striker's problems have disappeared. Alvaro is performing well and this means keeping World Cup winner Olivier Giroud out of the starting lineup. The Spanish striker has two goals in two matches in the Premeir League, the last of which came against Arsenal.


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