Alvaro Morata ready to prove wrong those critics who are 'killing me'

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And despite Morata struggling to make an impact in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, Lampard is convinced Morata has the credentials to be a hit in the Premier League.

The Spain worldwide made his competitive debut as a 74th-minute substitute in the clash with Arsenal at Wembley and missed from 12 yards as his side lost 4-1 to the Gunners in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.

Despite making only two pre-season appearances for Antonio Conte's side before the Arsenal clash, Morata came under fire from critics, which he believes is pre-mature and unfair.

Asked by Marca if the price-tag concerned him, Morata replied: "I admit it's a very big amount, but I have the personality to play quietly and go my way".

"It is the price that must be paid for such a large transfer". It's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day.

"I know now twice as many people look at me". I wasn't fresh and I couldn't train well.


"I knew that Conte wanted me and I'd spoken with him several times".

"At Real Madrid, certainly, he was in and out, so the main pressure for Morata is to say, 'Here I am, I'm the No.1 striker and I can take this all on'".

"I didn't notice he wanted to sign me at Chelsea, but when I became aware of his interest I chose to move to Chelsea straight away".

The 28-year-old joined the Blues from Atletico Madrid three seasons ago and has finished each of those campaigns as the club's topscorer, leading the side to the Premier League title in the first and most recent. "In a way, I was indebted to him".

"It's my job. But I'm not obsessed with scoring goals in so much that I would swap it for collective titles". If it had been for my team-mates, I would have stayed.

"I'm at the best place to do that".

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