Glenn Hoddle unimpressed with Alvaro Morata's attitude vs Barcelona
Former Chelsea midfielder Glenn Hoddle was not impressed with the attitude of Alvaro Morata in the lead-up to the Barcelona game on Tuesday night. The Spain international came on a late substitute during the 1-1 Champions League draw, but was unable to influence the game.
Speaking on BT Sport, Hoddle appeared to criticise the former Real Madrid man after he showed a sense of disappointment during the warm-up session leading to the clash, he said: "Yeah, his attitude wasn’t great walking out [to the warm-up]. Giroud’s was alright, to be fair to him. ‘One of them would have thought they would be starting today."
Antonio Conte made a rather surprise decision to go with Eden Hazard in a false number nine role versus Barcelona, and this saw both Morata and Olivier Giroud benched. Despite this, the Blues managed to create goalscoring opportunities with the limited possession, and Willian put in a standout performance as he scored the scoring prior to hitting the woodwork on two occasions in the first-half.
The west London side appeared on course to take a handy 1-0 lead into the last-16 second-leg at the Camp Nou, but a poor cross-field ball from Andreas Christensen allowed Andres Iniesta place a pass for Lionel Messi, who equalised and broke his eight-game scoring duck versus the Blues.
Despite the draw, Conte will have taken plenty of positives from a solid defensive performance from his side, and he could involve one of Giroud or Morata from the off in the away leg where they ought to score to remain in the Champions League tie.
The Blues will now shift their focus to Premier League action where they face a tricky game at Manchester United this weekend. The Blues will therein face-off against Crystal Palace and Manchester City before making the trip to Catalonia for the return leg on March 14.