Maurizio Sarri again voiced concern about Chelsea's defensive shortcomings following the narrow win against MOL Vidi in the Europa League. The goal was Morata's second in 10 appearances this season but the striker also had a glaring miss in the first half, shooting wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper to underline his continuing crisis of confidence.
"I don't know", Sarri replied when asked if Morata had cried after scoring.
"He has been doing his job very well again, but the other guys must score too - Giroud, Morata, Willian have to score".
"If I score I'm good, if I don't score and I'm playing good, for me it's ideal". He played a very good match.
"We have to try to stay very close in the table with the top-level teams".
"Alvaro has to think only about our match, only about the result, only about the [team] mates and not about the opponents".
The Belgian has bagged six Premier League goals already, including a hat-trick against Cardiff, while he has also laid on two assists. Sometimes you can score, sometimes not, but the performance is important.
"I am really very happy for him", Sarri said.
It ultimately appears that, for Sarri, Morata remains a remnant of predecessor Antonio Conte's sophomore season, where they failed to convincingly attempt to defend their Premier League title and the stats make it even clearer that Morata's time at Chelsea has been far from successful.
"It has been very hard", Sarri admitted. Every match is important for us. I think it was important three points.
"Debates of that type are probably better made when he's a little bit older and got grey hair like me and then everybody can discuss the merits once everybody's finished", he said.
"I think that he can improve more, because he has the potential to".