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Chelsea’s Álvaro Morata ‘could not have felt more down’ after injury last season

• Morata now ‘very happy’ after five goals in six matches
• Spanish forward says back injury took an emotional toll

Álvaro Morata has revealed his confidence hit rock bottom towards the end of his first season at Chelsea when his form fizzled out as he laboured with a back injury. But the Spain striker is now more at ease in body and mind and reaping the benefits.

Two goals against Crystal Palace on Sunday swelled Morata’s recent tally to five in six matches, a burst more reminiscent of his prolific start at Stamford Bridge following a £58m transfer from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017. His previous 31 matches had yielded four goals after a back injury, which flared in January and initially baffled the medical staff, blunted his impact.

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