Alvaro Morata delivers for Chelsea - Analysis of striker's performance in 2-0 win over Everton

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Alvaro Morata

Chelsea followed up their win against Tottenham last week with a 2-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.

Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata were on target to secure the win for the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Both Spaniards were in fine form for the fixture with the midfielder returning from suspension while the former Real Madrid striker is still finding his feet at his new club.

Here, we focus on the Morata’s performance.

Basic stats

Goals – 1

Assists – 1

Shots – 2

Dribbles – 0

Passes – 18

Key passes – 3

Pass Accuracy – 77.8%

Touches – 33

Aerials Won – 2

Effectiveness

Morata is still coming to terms to with the way Chelsea operate. Despite working in a three-man defence system previously at Juventus, he did so in a 3-5-2 where he had a strike partner for company upfront.

Against Everton, he continued to try to get accustomed to the lone striker role in a 3-4-3 system and had a mixed start to the game. While his movement was good as he made the right runs and showed for the ball as well, he struggled to hold on to it. Indeed, he was dispossessed four times, second to only Wayne Rooney on the pitch (5).

However, Morata did show glimpses of his class and delivered when it mattered. He set up Pedro with a neat turn early on. He drifted out of the game a lot but popped up to assist Fabregas for the opener.

Five minutes before half-time, he nodded home to double Chelsea’s lead. As the match progressed, he began to click with his team-mates more, linking up well with compatriots Pedro and Fabregas in the second half before being replaced in the 77th minute.

Morata makes it 2-0

Morata makes it 2-0

Key moments

27th min: Willian spins and finds Fabregas bombing forward who plays a one-two with Morata and finds the far corner..

40th min: Cesar Azpilicueta has plenty of time and space on the right and picks out Morata who is left unmarked in the middle and buries his header with perfection.

48th min: Morata links up with Pedro on the edge of the box and the latter fires an effort just wide.

Our verdict

On paper, it was a great performance as Morata picked up a goal and assist but it was more a sign of things to come from the Spaniard than an indication of his arrival.

He didn’t have enough of an influence on the game for large periods but didn’t disappoint when he was in threatening areas. Still has to work on his hold-up play and how to bring his team-mates into the game but he’s getting there.

7.5/10

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata

All statistics are compiled using whoscored.com

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Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata were on target as Chelsea showed their Premier League pedigree by swatting aside Everton.

Fabregas fired Chelsea in front after 27 minutes and Morata headed in a second before half-time as the holders moved within three points of leaders Manchester United with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Everton offered little to show that they could win at Chelsea for the first time in the league since 1994, a run which now spans 23 matches.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

STAR MAN

Fabregas. Restored to the starting line-up at the first opportunity following suspension, the playmaker displaced Tiemoue Bakayoko and was the catalyst for Chelsea’s performance.

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Referee Jon Moss will be watching the highlights of Chelsea’s second goal after playing advantage.

Victor Moses had been fouled on the edge of the area, but Moss allowed play to continue and Cesar Azpilicueta crossed for Morata to head in unmarked.

ENGLISH CONTINGENT

As if to emphasise his pre-match point – that none of Chelsea’s youngsters are good enough, yet – Conte selected only one Englishman in his squad, England Under-20 World Cup winner Fikayo Tomori. And Tomori was only present because of Gary Cahill’s suspension.

Everton, in contrast, had 11 Englishmen in their squad, seven in the starting line-up, including England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, playing his first Premier League game since announcing his international retirement.

RATINGS

CHELSEA

Thibaut Courtois : 6/10
Cesar Azpilicueta : 7
David Luiz : 7
Antonio Rudiger : 6
Victor Moses : 6
Cesc Fabregas : 8
N’Golo Kante: 7
Marcos Alonso : 7
Alvaro Morata : 7
Willian: 7
Pedro: 8

SUBSTITUTES

Tiemoue Bakayoko (for Pedro, 75): 6
Michy Batshuayi (for Morata, 78): 5
Andreas Christensen (for Moses, 89): 5

Pedro

Pedro

EVERTON

Jordan Pickford : 7
Phil Jagielka : 6
Ashley Williams : 6
Michael Keane : 6
Leighton Baines : 6
Mason Holgate : 6
Tom Davies : 5
Idrissa Gueye : 5
Sandro Ramirez : 6
Wayne Rooney : 5
Gylfi Sigurdsson : 6

SUBSTITUTES

Mo Besic (for Davies, 46): 6
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Ramirez, 62): 6
Aaron Lennon (for Jagielka, 83): 5

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford

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Bryan Robson believes Manchester United are in their best place to challenge for the Premier League crown since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Life without the Scot was always going to be difficult but few could have foreseen just how tough it would be.

Ferguson left United as Premier League champions in 2013 but since then they have not finished higher than fourth.

Jose Mourinho was brought in last year to bring the club back to the top and, having won three trophies and finished sixth in his first campaign, a genuine title challenge now looks on the cards.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Leicester continued their 100 per cent start to the domestic campaign and United great Robson believes this is their best shot at Premier League glory since Ferguson left.

“It always depends on injuries throughout the year, but as far as I am concerned since Sir Alex left this is probably the strongest squad that I’ve seen,” he told Press Association Sport.

“We’ve got pace, we’ve got power, but we’ve also got quality players.

“That helps to try and win titles, but Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham these sort of teams are top-class teams.

“You’ve got to compete against them and do well against them, but I am quite confident that the boys can do that this year and we can compete against the best.”

Smart summer acquisitions have bolstered a squad benefiting from a year working under Mourinho, with those signed last year having kicked on again.

Eric Bailly continues to impress in defence and Henrikh Mkhitaryan racked up his fifth assist in their three opening Premier League matches on Saturday.

Paul Pogba collected United’s man-of-the-match award for the second game running and Robson, a man who knows a thing or two about midfield excellence, cannot wait to see him fulfil his potential.

“I think Paul had a real good season last season,” he said. “I disagree with people who were a little bit critical of him.

“People can go on about the transfer fee but I thought Paul did really well and that’s why we won the two major trophies last year, part of that was because he performed really well in the big games.

“I thought he played really well in the final against Southampton and then he had a big influence, scoring the first goal, in the Europa League final, so I think Paul did better than what people give him credit for last season.

“And I think he is only going to get better.”

Pogba will be hoping to continue his form with France during the international break, when Old Trafford will be hosting United Legends against their Barcelona counterparts on September 2.

All money raised will help the Manchester United Foundation’s work in the local community, with previous matches against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich raising more than £1.8million.

“This is why always love this game at Old Trafford,” Robson, who will manage the Legends on Saturday, said.

“We’ve played Bayern Munich in the past, we’ve played Real Madrid.

“We’ve had a terrific turnout and the fans have been fabulous.

“The players play for nothing as it’s for a worthy cause.

“Everybody knows what the Manchester United Foundation is about – they support great charities and the communities around in Manchester.

“It’s a great cause and you know that’s why I always like to be involved in it because it’s great for the Foundation.”

Tickets for the match between Manchester United Legends and Barcelona Legends on September 2 are on sale now at www.manutd.com/legendsareback.

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