Morata set for new challenge in Stamford Bridge

EPL By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 11/08/2017

Alvaro Morata defends his performance and replies critics

Chelsea most expensive signing Alvaro Morata has defended his performance so far in Chelsea colour, according to report he is set for the new challenge ahead going into the new season, despite missing a penalty in the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday.

The striker moved from Real Madrid to Chelsea in a £60million deal in July, he has been seen as a replacement of Diego Costa by some section of the fans which has prompted high expectation from the supporters.

The former Real Madrid striker is set to make official debut in the Premier League against Burnley at Stamford Bridge and he says he is prepared for what’s ahead having experienced a taste of the intense spotlight he's under in the Premier League.

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"I can admit that it is a very significant amount, but I have the character to be able to play calmly and to follow my path," he told Marca when asked if his price tag could affect his form. 

"I have only played two pre-season matches, I've played 15 official minutes and I've missed a penalty [in the Community Shield shootout] and they're already killing me, so I know what to expect.

"That's the price you must pay for such a big transfer. It's also something that motivates me... I know that double the number of people are now watching me."

It was Conte who pushed for the deal that saw Morata move to Juventus in the summer of 2014, and the 24-year-old has detailed how he feels he owes the Chelsea manager for believing in his ability. 

"I knew that Conte wanted me and I'd spoken with him several times. In a certain way, I feel like I owed him something because he was the one who signed me for Juventus, only for him to have to leave.

"At the start, I wasn't aware that he had so much interest in signing me, but when I understood it then I had no doubts and [Chelsea] was my preference."

Morata, though, does have big boots to fill if he wants to be a fan favourite at the Stamford Bridge.

Costa, who has been told he has no future with the south west London outfit, has scored 42 league goals in his three seasons in England's top flight, and his successor is aiming for a career first in his debut campaign.

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"I hope to score more than 20 goals, as that's my job. I also won't become obsessed with it, as I'd trade that for titles for the team.

"At Juventus, for example, I didn't score more than 20 goals in any year and won all titles except the Champions League final. I want to score goals, but a player can also be remembered for other aspects of play."

Chelsea will play Burnley as their Premier League opener on Saturday at the Stamford Bridge.