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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 13 November 2018

Maurizio Sarri's style 'better for me' says Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata

Spain striker scored only his second goal of 2018 in 3-2 win over Arsenal last week

Alvaro Morata, right, was on target in Chelsea's 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal. Reuters
Alvaro Morata, right, was on target in Chelsea's 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal. Reuters

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata says he is confident of rediscovering his scoring touch under new manager Maurizio Sarri after netting only his second goal of 2018 in last week's 3-2 win over Arsenal.

Morata hit the goal trail after joining Chelsea from Real Madrid for a then club-record fee of around £60 million (Dh284m) in the summer of 2017, scoring seven goals in his first eight games for the club including a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Stoke City.

The goals soon dried up for the Spain international though, with only four more goals in the rest of 2017 and one in 2018 before scoring the second of Cheslea's goals against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Morata said the direct style employed by former manager Antonio Conte did not suit him - a sentiment echoed by several of his teammates - and the former Juventus player expects to have more chances to score with Sarri's possession-based game.

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"The most important thing is the mode we play," Morata told Chelsea TV. "Last year it was direct, I had to protect the ball in the air and that's not my best quality.

"Now I can attack the spaces, play one-touch and go into the area for the crosses which is better for me. The manager works with the ball always and when you work with the ball you have more chances, and the strikers have more chances."

Chelsea, who began their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win away to Huddersfield Town, travel to Newcastle United on Sunday looking to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.