Lampard reveals Morata can replicate Torres in Camp Nou - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/03/2018

Blues legend Frank Lampard reveals that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata can replicate Fernando Torres in Camp Nou during the Blues Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Premier League Champion travel to Spain with their last-16 tie all square at 1-1 – Lionel Messi levelling after Willian put the Antonio Conte side in front at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.

The 25-year-old Spain international has been going through a difficult time, but he just needs to look at to fellow countryman Torres did back in 2012 with former Liverpool star struggling to justify his £50 million price tag but the Spaniard scored a last-minute goal to send Chelsea through to the final, which they won in Munich.

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Ex-England international believes Morata should star against Barcelona despite poor form of late the club most expensive signing.

"There is obviously a question over whether coach Antonio Conte will play with a striker or revert back to the false nine he used in the first leg. Lampard wrote in his column for The Evening Standard.

"I would certainly consider picking Morata to lead the line with Eden Hazard and Willian behind.

"The striker has to play better than he has done in recent weeks. He needs to be physically stronger and hold the ball up more. He has the physical attributes and technical ability to do this.

"But what Morata can also provide is a target for Chelsea players to aim at and someone who can run in behind.

"He can do that job more naturally than Hazard, who without the responsibility of playing up front can get more involved in the game himself.

"What Fernando Torres did in 2012 shows what a recognised striker can give you against Barcelona. There is that opportunity to play balls over the top to get out.”

Morata has failed to find back of the net in his last 12 games for Premier League holders Chelsea.