Despite Chelsea’s record signing Alvaro Morata struggling badly for form in recent months, Blues legend Frank Lampard has reminded the Spanish striker that if he puts in a match defining performance tomorrow night at the Nou Camp all will be forgotten and his name will be permanently written into the Stamford Bridge club’s history.
Chelsea and Barcelona have played out some epic encounters in the Champions League over the years, and tomorrow’s fixture is finely poised after a tightly fought 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.
Lampard was of course part of the Blues team that famously won in the Nou Camp in 2012 via a Fernando Torres goal, before going on to win the tournament.
Writing in his weekly column in the Telegraph Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer has revealed that Morata can turn his Stamford Bridge career around with a big performance tomorrow night.
“Alvaro Morata has a great chance in Barcelona on Wednesday night to put his recent struggles behind him and be lauded by Chelsea fans forever.”
“Morata has been going through a difficult time, but he just needs to look at Fernando Torres for inspiration to do something special at Camp Nou.”
“Six years ago, Torres raced clear against Barcelona to score with a few minutes to go and guarantee Chelsea’s place in the Champions League Final.”
”Torres went through tough periods of his own after joining from Liverpool for £50m in 2011 but every Chelsea fan around the world remembers that goal. They will always regard him dearly for that. These are the kind of games that define you – if you can perform, you will never be forgotten.”
Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid for £70 million last summer and although he started his Chelsea career in superb form, netting seven goals in his first eight games, the 24-year-old has struggled for form in recent months and has found himself on the bench for most of the Blues most recent games.