In the build up to the new Premier League campaign, Antonio Conte warned Chelsea that they could be for a ‘Jose Mourinho season’ because the club hadn’t bought in enough players to satisfy the Italian.
On Saturday, in the EPL opener at home against Burnley, Conte was left to stew as the Blues slumped to a 3-2 defeat
Chelsea, remember, won the title last season with 30 wins from 38 games.
At halftime it was brutal. Gary Cahill was snubbed by Conte after he collected an early read card, and Burnley went into the break 3-up thanks to a double from Sam Vokes.
Alvaro Morata was introduced in the 59th minute, and the game almost instantly changed.
Morata headed home a Willian cross, while the Spanish summer signing flicked on an assist for David Luiz in the dying stages.
Alvaro Morata’s brilliant debut stats
By scoring against Burnley, Morata has now scored on his debuts in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.
Another debut goal for @AlvaroMorata today!
🇪🇸 La Liga ✔
🇮🇹 Serie A ✔
🇬🇧 Premier League ✔
— Dugout (@Dugout) August 12, 2017
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In another great stat, only Torino striker Andrea Belotti (10) has scored more headed goals in Europe’s top 5 leagues since August 2016 than Morata (7).
When it came to the striker’s individual stats, he played 31 minutes, had three shots on target, he created on chance, had an assist and obviously he scored.
Alvaro Morata's game by numbers vs. Burnley:
31 minutes played
1 chance created
Made an impact. pic.twitter.com/bIlZXm1ZT4
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 12, 2017
After the match, Morata turned to social media to post his post game thoughts. He wrote:
The match didn’t go as we expected, but this is just the beginning!
Chelsea fans will be hoping his optimism and positive spirit rubs off on his Blues team mates.
They’ll need picking up as Cahill, along with Cesc Fabregas, will now be suspended for the next Premier League match away at Tottenham next weekend.