Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri has compared Alvaro Morata’s struggles to that of his former Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara
Morata has only found the net six times in the Premier League in 2018 due to confidence issues and not being comfortable in front of goal.
Now Sarri has compared the Spanish striker to that of Saponara due to their similar fragile minds.
After a promising spell under Sarri at Empoli, Saponara failed to produce similar displays at AC Milan.
“It’s difficult,” Sarri told reporters, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“At Empoli, I had a wonderful player, Riccardo Saponara, who we sold to AC Milan.
“Saponara was one of the best players I have ever seen, but a little bit mentally fragile.
“Alvaro has scored four or five goals in his last six matches, so I cannot see a big problem. I hope that there will be more this season.
“Every season he scores 15 or 16 goals, so he’s around his average [goal return]. I speak with him every week, but on the pitch he is alone.
“I think that at the moment he’s not playing to his full potential. It’s difficult.”
Despite his struggles though, Morata has scored seven times in 19 appearances across all competitions this term for Chelsea.