Friday, 15 December 2017

How Morata is learning from Drogba at home to become a better striker


Alvaro Morata is regularly watching a DVD of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba in a bid to become a better striker at Stamford Bridge.

Morata has scored 10 goals for the Blues since joining from Real Madrid for a club record £58m in July.

But the Spain international is determined to make an even bigger impact for Antonio Conte’s side and has turned to Drogba for inspiration.

Drogba scored 164 times for Chelsea during two spells (2004-12, 2014-15), winning 12 major honours in the process – including the Champions League in 2012.

Morata first asked for a recording of Drogba’s goals from Chelsea in the summer and still views it now.

“I put it on at home so I improve with Didier,” he explained.

There is a similarity between the two forwards as Morata is very strong in the air, just like Drogba was.

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Six of Morata’s goals have been scored with his head, but the 25-year-old admitted in Chelsea’s official magazine this month that his father Alfonso deserves the credit.

He added: “When I was seven or eight, I got a trampoline. My dad used to say to me all the time, ‘come on with the head’ and then pass the ball to me as I jumped. I really think it’s helped my heading game because I practiced this all the time with my dad.

“I found it funny when I was little to jump high and head or kick the ball, but it helped me for the future as well because the aerial game is one of my good points.”

Morata missed Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield in midweek due to the combination of a minor back problem and tiredness.

This is arguably the first time in Morata’s career that he has been a first team regular and there have been concerns that he is starting to feel the strain.

But Morata said: “I really enjoy playing a lot of games because I always want to score more and play more. In the Premier League we have to play a lot and we always need the support of the fans.

“They understand that we are not machines and they will be behind the team all the time. If football is your life, then you enjoy playing a lot of it.

“(In the Premier League) You don’t have much time to relax, you don’t have time to turn or think. All the games are fast, but I enjoy that because I have more chances.

“Also the referees here have another criteria. They want to let play go on more, not like in Spain or Italy where it’s a foul every time a player falls. It’s different but it’s good.”

The former Juventus star also revealed that he plans to open a museum after he’s retired to display all his football memorabilia for children to view.

He has already collected boots and shirts from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.

Morata said: “Can you imagine as a kid if you could go to some place and see Cristiano Ronaldo’s or Lionel Messi’s boots?”

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