14 Jan, 08:00
Joey Barton has revealed that Antonio Conte‘s ‘childish’ touchline manner is the reason for Alvaro Morata’s recent struggles in front of goal,
The Spain international made a bright start to his Chelsea career following his club record £58 million move from Real Madrid in the summer, scoring eight goals in his opening nine matches. Morata has found the going tougher in recent weeks, however, finding the back of the net only twice in his last 10 outings.
The 25-year-old drew another blank in Saturday’s Premier League match against Leicester and Barton believes Conte, who was seen beating the ground in frustration after his main striker missed a chance in the recent 2-2 draw with Arsenal, has affected the former Juventus star’s confidence.
-Morata, who I think is an incredible player, is having a tough time at the minute, missing a couple of chance.But you look to the touchline and there’s soft lad Conte banging the floor, throwing himself around and jumping into the crowd, Barton said.
Chelsea endured a third successive goalless draw in an enthralling encounter against excellent 10-man Leicester.