‘Disaster’ season made Morata ponder Chelsea exit

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has been recalled to the Spain squad by Luis Enrique © AFP / Glyn KIRKMADRID, Spain, Sep 4 – Alvaro Morata admits he considered leaving Chelsea after a “disastrous” year that culminated in him missing the World Cup.Morata was dropped from the Spain squad after scoring only three times in 23 games for Chelsea in the second half of last season. “Yes I considered returning to Spain or Italy, but you cannot always escape reality,” Morata said.“I left Spain to be at the World Cup and I did not go.”Since then, Luis Enrique has taken the Spanish reins from Julen Lopetegui’s short-term replacement, Fernando Hierro, while Maurizio Sarri has arrived at Chelsea after Antonio Conte departed in July.Enrique’s first squad included a recall for Morata, who has also started Chelsea’s four Premier League games so far under Sarri.“Last year I started well but in the end it was a disaster,” Morata said. “I did not even know where I was when I went out to play.”Asked how he felt after being left out of the World Cup squad, the 25-year-old said: “I thought ‘how am I going to get through the summer without going to the World Cup?’“It was a hard moment but I’m going to do everything I can to go to the next one. It was a difficult time because I expected to go.”Morata had lost the confidence of Conte, who experimented with Eden Hazard as a lone striker and then preferred Olivier Giroud towards the end of the campaign.Sarri, however, appears to be offering Morata a fresh start.“At my club, the way of playing has changed and it’s more similar to what is played here with Spain, many passes, a lot of possession and freedom to attack,” Morata said.Enrique, meanwhile, is tasked with reinvigorating a Spanish side still smarting after their shock last-16 defeat to Russia at the World Cup. They face England at Wembley in the League of Nations before hosting Croatia on Tuesday in Elche.“Luis Enrique tells us that he wants Spain to win again and wants everyone to know who Spain is,” Morata said.“He asks for a lot of intensity, a lot of concentration and he seems to me a very sincere person, who wants to win.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LADIES FOOTBALL: THREE DONEGAL GIRLS GIVEN ULSTER SCHOOLS ALL-STARS

first_imgAfter a series of trials three Donegal schoolgirls have been named as this years Ulster Schools All Stars and will compete in the inter provincial tournament in January.Marie O’Reilly and Aine McGettigan from Loreto Letterkenny and Lauren McElwaine from Loreto Milford were named in the honours list today.The full Ulster All Stars List is below: Holly Lynch St Louis CarrickmacrossMarie O’Reilly Loreto LetterkennyAoife McConville St Michael’s GrammarCatriona Caldwell Assumption Grammar School Eimear McAnespie St Ciaran’s BallygawleyLouise Kenny St Paul’s BessbrookSlaine McCarroll St Ciaran’s BallygawleyClara Mulvenna St Mark’s WarrenpointMuireann Atkinson Our Ladies Castleblaney Michaela Gaffney Loreto College CavanAiobhinn Henderson St Michael’s GrammarBlaithin Mackin St Paul’s BessbrookGrainne Rafferty St Ciaran’s Ballygawley Aimee Mackin St Paul’s BessbrookNiamh Callan Our Ladies CastleblaneyLaura Kane St Ciarans BallygawleyEllen Ni Bhriain Coláiste Oiriall MonaghanAine McGettigan Loreto LetterkennyEimear Rocks St Genevieve’s High SchoolLauren McElwaine Loreto MilfordNiamh Coleman St Michael’s GrammarBeth Farrelly McGee Virgina College CavanBridgetta Quinn Our Ladies Grammar NewryLauren Jones St Louis CarrickmacrossChloe Corr St Patrick’s AcademyLADIES FOOTBALL: THREE DONEGAL GIRLS GIVEN ULSTER SCHOOLS ALL-STARS was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyLoretoMilfordUlster Schools All Starslast_img read more