Alvaro Morata: 'I'm in a better place'


Morata had a hard start to the season under new manager Sarri but the 26-year-old striker has excelled in Eden Hazard's absence, scoring five goals in his last seven appearances for the Blues.

Chelsea have now won six consecutive Europa League games, since a 2-3 defeat at Rubin Kazan in April 2013. In Belgrade the atmosphere is tough.

And only Alan Shearer managed to score 150 league goals in less games than Aguero, with the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers man needing just 212 matches to do so.

The Premier League title race this season may be one of the most keenly contested in recent times as teams continue to breathe down each other's neck for the top position.

"We are ready. We have nine points from three games so far, so we're doing well".

Chelsea's fringe players will get an opportunity to shine once again on Thursday night, which will do wonders in terms of keeping heads high within the camp.

This Ghana global has scored plenty of goals since he returned to Red Star in August and they need him to spark into top form against Liverpool. I'm sure with every game and every training session we'll be better and better.

We are 11 games into the 2018/19 Premier League season, and the table is beginning to take shape.

Sarri has opted to rest striker Alvaro Morata, while N'Golo Kante was a late call-up to the travelling squad after Cesc Fabregas was taken ill.

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On his way back to full fitness and Spurs have missed his link-up play that gets the best out of lead striker Harry Kane.

Manager Maurizio Sarri added: 'For our doctor, there is not any risk for Eden otherwise he would have stayed in Cobham, of course.

"We are two points behind and it's up to us to keep the rhythm". So, in the last match, he played only for 30 minutes. "Tomorrow the best for him is he will play 45, 50 minutes".

Belgium global Hazard returned from two weeks out with a back problem when he came on in the 64th minute of Sunday's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.