Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola spoke to Sky Sports about the change of strikers at Stamford Bridge, which has seen Álvaro Morata arrive from Real Madrid with Diego Costa moving to the other club in the Spanish capital, Atlético.
Costa had to leave Chelsea after Conte text
Zola recognises that Diego Costa had to leave Chelsea after the Brazil-born Spain international received a text message from his manager, Antonio Conte, informing him that he was not in his plans.
“I have no doubt that Diego Costa did the right thing in leaving,” Zola explained, “he clearly had problems, the team isn’t formed by one player, and I think it was best that he left.”
Morata's lack of playing time at Madrid and Juventus a concern
Álvaro Morata arrived in west London for a fee of €80 million, yet Zola does not believe Morata is a better player than the man he is tasked with replacing.
“As of today Morata is not at the same level as Diego Costa. Technically he is a great player. Obviously he has many qualities; he’s good in the air and with his feet.
“He has been at Juventus and Real Madrid. They’re big teams, but he didn’t play regularly and I would like to know why. I think we’ll find out the answer this year.”
Despite Zola’s misgivings, Morata is currently the joint top-scorer in the Premier League with six goals, along with Sergio Agüero (who will be out of action for the next two months after a car crash in Amsterdam) and Romelu Lukaku.