“I wanted to play…for the club and the fans” – Morata regrets playing through pain barrier during dry spell

Alvaro Morata Injured

Alvaro Morata has conceded his mistake while enduring a back injury that caused him to be absent for the openings few months of the year.

The Spain striker has been one of the players Antonio Conte relied on at the beginning of the season, when he scored seven goals in the his first eight games. His returns for Chelsea saw them close to the title race than they are now and it’s partly his making.

The former Juventus striker, signed from Real Madrid for a fee of £58 million last summer went on a 10 game scoreless run that spanned December through March before netting a first goal for his side. Within that period, Morata missed a number of games although more crucially missing a number of key chances that spelled doom for Chelsea in those competitions.

Having scored in two consecutive games, Leicester City in the FA Cup and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, the 25-year old says he should not have played through the pain barrier.

“Everything was good until I had the problems with my back. I played with a lot of pain and it probably would have been better if I’d stopped.

But I wanted to play with my team-mates, for the club and the fans. Now it’s in the past. My first year could have been better, but there are still more games to go and we have a chance to win the FA Cup.”

Alvaro Morata, Evening Standard