FA Cup: Conte hails Morata after first goal in 2018 - FCNaija

FA Cup By: Ayodeji Tunde | 18/03/2018

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Alvaro Morata scored his first goal in 2018 on Sunday and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hailed the "character" of the Spaniard as he overcomes his long scoring drought in the FA Cup quarter-final success against Leicester City.

Morata broke the deadlock with a well-taken finish in the 42nd minute as last season's beaten finalists prevailed 2-1 in extra time.

 It was his first goal of any kind in 2018, marking a successful return to the starting XI having been overlooked for the last three matches.

The 25-year-old went close to a second on a couple of occasions and won praise for his all-round display.

 "For Alvaro it was important to score but I am pleased for his performance," Conte told reporters.

"He showed great character and to be strong. I think his goal will be very important for the future.

Chelsea, who were beaten by Arsenal in the 2017 decider, were favourably drawn with Premier League strugglers Southampton in the semi-finals.

 However, Conte rejected the idea of being in an enviable position.