Alvaro Morata has struggled for form since joining Chelsea from Real Madrid last summer and Sunday’s Community Shield performance was potentially his worst yet in a blue shirt. Morata recently dismissed talk of him leaving Stamford Bridge and told the Daily Mirror that he would look to improve with Chelsea rather than taking the easy way out.
New boss Maurizio Sarri could be left with a problem though if Morata continues with the kind of performances that saw him substituted after 68 minutes on Sunday and only score 11 goals in 31 Premier League matches last season.
Chelsea were overrun by Manchester City as the Premier League champions finished 2-0 winners to secure the first piece of silverware of the 2018/19 season. Morata did have limited service, proven by the quite incredible stat that he only touched the ball 20 times, but was also poor in possession and offered no threat to the City defenders. This was in stark contrast to Sergio Aguero at the other end who tormented David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, showing Sarri what he is missing.
Morata had no shots on target, completed no key passes and was dispossessed four times at Wembley – more than any other Chelsea player despite having the least touches of any of Sarri’s starting XI, including goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
While the Community Shield may not be the most important trophy of the year, the manner in which Chelsea were beaten and the performance of his 25-year-old striker will no doubt be a worry for Sarri as the Premier League season grows ever closer.
Morata should also be worried for his spot in Sarri’s XI, as even though the Blues missed out on Gonzalo Higuain this summer, Michy Batshuayi and World Cup winner Olivier Giroud will both jump at the chance to nail down a starting berth.