Maurizio Sarri has said he is still waiting to see the best version of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea, but he praised the Spaniard’s performance in Saturday’s penalty shootout friendly victory over Inter Milan.
Morata’s future has been clouded by uncertainty all summer after a disappointing first season in English football saw him score just three times in the final five months of the campaign, and Chelsea have been linked with signing Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain to replace him.
Speaking after the match, however, Sarri insisted that Morata is in his plans.
“I’m still waiting for the best Morata,” he said. “In the first match [against Perth Glory] Morata did not play very well, in Australia.
“But tonight, especially in the first 30 minutes, he improved a lot. I am satisfied and I am very confident in him for the future.”
Sarri also revealed that he had been encouraged by Chelsea’s performance, but wants them to speed up their possession game even further as they build towards the start of the new Premier League season in a fortnight’s time.
“So far, I am satisfied,” he added. “I am of course waiting for the other players from the World Cup but these players gave me total availability. So now I am satisfied. I’ve seen in the match something that we tried during the sessions. So far, so good.
“I like the sound: ‘Sarri-ball, Sarri-ball, Sarri-ball’. But I don’t know the meaning, really. Because we move the ball very quickly? This evening we moved the ball well, but I think not at the right speed.
“You have to move the ball at a great speed on the floor, otherwise we risk playing for 90 minutes with 75 percent of possession but without scoring. So we have to improve on this.”