Date published: Friday 11th August 2017 11:02
Alvaro Morata believes that critics are already “killing” him despite his short time at Chelsea so far.
The former Real Madrid man came on in the 74th-minute against Arsenal at Wembley in the Charity Shield final on Sunday.
He missed from the penalty spot as his side lost 4-1 to the Gunners in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.
“I admit it’s a very important amount but I have the personality to play calmly and to stay on my path,” he told Marca. “I’ve only had two pre-season games, 15 minutes officially and a missed penalty, and they’re already killing me, so I know what’s ahead.
“It’s the price you have to pay for such a big transfer. It’s something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day. I know that twice as many people are looking at me now.
“It’s been a long, strange summer, in which I’ve had to make decisions. I wasn’t fresh and I couldn’t train well. Now I have to adapt to a new team with an Italian coach who’s very tactical. But I’ve already adapted and I’m excited to play.”
Morata also spoke of the importance of adapting to life under Antonio Conte, who had a hugely successful first season at Stamford Bridge.
“I have to understand Conte well. He asks me the opposite of what my previous coaches have asked me. I’ll play in different positions and in different systems of play,” he said.
“I don’t think I need to adapt to the Premier League, but to my new coach.
“I knew he wanted me and I talked to him a number of times. In a way, I felt indebted to him because he signed me for Juve and then had to go.
“I think I had to leave Madrid,” he added. “It was a difficult situation; I was leaving a team that’s my home and who are winning everything at the moment.
“But it was a personal decision; it was to do with sporting ambition. If it had been for my team-mates, I would have stayed. I left because I want to succeed in football, to do great things. I’m at the best place to do that.”