Chelsea have made a positive start to life under the guidance of new Italian manager Maurizio Sarri. The club have won both their pre-season fixtures, first against Australian side Perth Glory and the second one against Italian giants Inter Milan in Nice.
The prints of Sarri’s philosophy is already quite visible among the players as they constantly look to play on the front-foot, dominate ball possession and play attractive football.
To completely implement his philosophy though, Sarri has been linked with a number of players including Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus, with who the Italian previously worked with at Napoli.
This has put the future of the current incumbent Alvaro Morata in serious doubt. Though Sarri was impressed with Morata’s performance against Inter Milan in Nice, where he briliantly set-up Pedro for Chelsea’s only goal, he failed to give assurances that Morata would be at the club when the transfer window comes to an end.
Sarri praising Morata’s improvement said, “I’m still waiting for the best Morata. In the first match [against Perth Glory] Morata did not play very well, in Australia. But tonight, especially in the first 30 minutes, he improved a lot. I am satisfied and I am very confident in him for the future.”
But there was a caveat. When he was asked that it was 100% certain that Morata would stay at the club, he put the future of the Spaniard in his own hands. “Morata? We want to keep our best players but not at all costs. We want to keep our top players but only if they want to be here. We can try to convince some players but let’s see how it goes. We want to keep improving…”
Chelsea fans will certainly hope that Morata, who will soon enter the prime of his career remains Chelsea’s starting striker next season instead of Gonzalo Higuain who is set to turn 31 and could be in decline soon.