For over four years, from February 2004 to October 2008, Chelsea had not lost a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. That legendary 86-match run may never be replicated again, but the idea of a “Fortress” Stamford Bridge lives on. Other than a very weird 2015-16 season, Chelsea usually have had a strong home record, but after winning just 11 of 19 last season, there is room for improvement in this regard.
Álvaro Morata agrees.
"Other teams need to fight a lot to get something here."
"This is the message we need to send to other teams. Here is our home and it’s difficult to get something here."
"We are very happy because we deserved the victory. We need to improve little things, but we played good with the ball. A very important three points for us."
Morata himself did not give as good of a performance as against Huddersfield Town last weekend, but he did score his first goal of the season, a very well taken individual effort 1-v-1 with Shkodran Mustafi, with César Azpilicueta (as usual) picking up the assist. While he was clearly happy to break his duck, what really matters is the three points.
"I only want to win. Now we can go home happy because we have the three points, another victory."
"The supporters are always happy if we win. For sure we don’t want a lot of goals in our goal, but if we win all the team and all the supporters are happy."
-Álvaro Morata; source: ChelseaTV via Daily Mail
Morata’s mentality and ability to keep himself fit will be under close scrutiny following his somewhat disappointing debut season, but he has all the quality and all the tools required to show his critics wrong.