Having broken the transfer record set by Fernando Torres, and chosen the shirt number that had not seen much sustained success since the days of Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink a decade and a half ago, Álvaro Morata decided to laugh in the face of danger and embark on a potentially legendary quest to triumph over cosmic forces.
Safe to say, he’s off to a great start in his quest to break the Curse of the No.9 at Chelsea. Three goals (and two assists) in four games, including two in a row from identical situations (Azpilicueta cross from deep). And he’s only getting started. He’s still coming to grips with the general physicality of the league and developing chemistry with his new teammates, but he’s proving a very good and quick learner.
“It was a very important win. Against teams like Leicester it’s always very difficult and we suffered in the last minutes having been 2-0 up, but that’s the Premier League.
“I’m feeling good but we are not in first place, which is the most important thing, so we must keep working.”
-Álvaro Morata; source: Chelsea FC
Morata’s been here less than two months, but he already sounds like Antonio Conte. And that’s a great thing to see and hear.
Though he may be tempting fate with the Torres celebration. Careful, Icarus.