Lampard urges Morata to emulate Torres' heroic display - FCNaija

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 14/03/2018

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has urged Alvaro Morata to emulate his fellow countryman and ex Chelsea striker Fernando Torres when the Blues face Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Lampard is of the opinion that Morata can turn things around for Chelsea fans if the former Real Madrid star can emulate ex-Chelsea forward Torres with the winning goal.

Morata is expected to feature for Chelsea for the clash against the Camp Nou outfit in their Champions League last-16 clash at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

Chelsea miss the opportunity to hold on to their 1-0 lead in the first leg despite their good outing Lionel Messi cancelled out Willian’s goal after Andreas Christiansen misplaced a pass that was intercepted by Andreas Iniesta that was squared to the Argentine forward to make it 1-1 at the Stamford Bridge.

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Morata has found it difficult to break into Conte’s team in recent matches after a poor display in front of goal after a club record move from Real Madrid last summer and it was a similar case for Torres who also moved in from Liverpool in a then British record £50m in 2011 but failed to leave up to the billing.

However, the Spanish forward scored the winning goal in a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions semi-final at the Camp Nou in 2012 and Chelsea went on to lift the trophy for the first time against Bayern Munich.

Former Chelsea FC legend Lampard has challenged Morata to emulate Torres.

“Alvaro Morata has a great chance in Barcelona on Wednesday night to put his recent struggles behind him and be lauded by Chelsea fans forever,”

“Morata has been going through a difficult time, but he just needs to look at Fernando Torres for inspiration to do something special at Camp Nou.

“Six years ago, Torres raced clear against Barcelona to score with a few minutes to go and guarantee Chelsea’s place in the Champions League Final.

“Torres went through tough periods of his own after joining from Liverpool for £50m in 2011 but every Chelsea fan around the world remembers that goal. They will always regard him dearly for that. These are the kind of games that define you – if you can perform, you will never be forgotten.” Lampard told the Evening Standard.