Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has paid tribute to Alvaro Morata after the forward scored his third Premier League goal for the club in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester City.
Morata was criticised for missing a penalty in the Community Shield with Arsenal last month, but the Spaniard has netted in three of his team’s four league matches since then.
Conte, however, has said that the most pleasing aspect of Morata’s early-season form is seeing the 24-year-old link with his teammates in the final third of the field.
Conte told Chelsea’s official website:
“It’s a good day for Alvaro. It’s always important for a striker to score but for me it’s very important to see he is improving and he is more involved in our football.
“That’s the most important thing. If he scores I am very happy and I am pleased for the player.”
Morata came close to leaving Real Madrid for Manchester United in the summer, but Jose Mourinho’s side instead moved for Romelu Lukaku.
Morata is expected to make his Champions League debut for Chelsea when the Blues open their group-stage campaign at home to Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag on Tuesday night.