Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was able to fight off the ghost of Fernando Torres as the Blues cruised to victory against the Foxes at the Kings Power Stadium. The former Real Madrid man was yet to score any goal this year and his recent performances could pass for a regular performance by the struggling former Blues man Torres.
Expectedly, Foxes defenders Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire troubled Morata in the first half of the game. The two central defenders seemed to have clear instructions to frustrate the Chelsea centre forward. Two times in four times, Morata was on the ground, with referee Craig Pawson ignoring his pleas.
The Spaniard had to muscle up knowing his pleas were falling on deaf ears. He lost his starting role in the last game when Chelsea played Barcelona in the return leg of the Last 16 fixture at the Camp Nou. Olivier Giroud was the preferred man. In the international scene, Costa and Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia were the preferred forwards.
As Morata toughened up, he earned Maguire a yellow card when next he was fouled. Just before the end of the first half the £57 million signing netted his first goal of the new year. Willian set him up and he lifted the ball over goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
After a slow star at Stamford Bridge, Morata raised his game to become a quick favourite. However, subsequent displays have seen the fans draw away from him. Hopefully, this first goal would be the start of more to come.