Tearful Morata Overcomes Stubborn Hungarian Resistance

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 27, 2019 19:39


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Tearful Morata Overcomes Stubborn Hungarian Resistance

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Drought Ends?

Álvaro Morata ended his mini goal-drought with a sublime finish after 69 minutes. Morata’s flick was enough to grab the points after stubborn resistance by Mol Vidi (formerly known as Videothon). The Hungarians proved to be far from the whipping boys they were expected to be, and came close to grabbing something from the match.

“Really happy for him,” Maurizio Sarri said. “Very important for him to score.

“It’s very important. I think that Alvaro can restart from here. After he scored, I see him cry. Then, I hope to see him cry more often.”

Surprise Package

Sarri admitted that the Hungarians had surprised him.

“Very organised,” he said. “They defended very low, but well, I was surprised because they were dangerous in the counter-attack, not in the defensive.”

His opposite number Marko Nikolić came with a game plan and it worked. The predicted thrashing never looked like materialising. And they claimed a moral victory. Eden Hazard was not due to play at all, but Mol Vidi forced a change in the plan.

“Chelsea had the better of the play,” Nikolić said, “but required the introduction of their ‘untouchable’ talisman, Eden Hazard, to turn the tide.”

A couple of penalty shouts were turned down. Morata spurned two chances before Ruben Loftus-Cheek was left perplexed at not being awarded a penalty for a challenge by Paulo Vinicius.

Mol Vidi provided an attacking threat too. Emmerson Palmieri had to be very alert to clear Roland Juhász’ header off the line early in the match, and the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arizabalaga had to be at his best to deny István Kovács’ shot from the right in the last ten minutes of the match.


But Chelsea created chances too – Morata being profligate – although his goal after 70 will ease some pressure. The goal was well crafted. Cesc Fàbregas Soler made the most of his opportunity, assisting the assist, with a pass nodded down by Willian for Morata to flick in.

Chelsea were fortunate that referee Miroslav Zelinka waved away strong claims for a penalty when Boban Nikolov was clipped by Gary Cahill. Where was the VAR?

Ross Barkley’s header from Hazard’s cross hit the bar, but Morata’s volley apart, Chelsea were below par and Mol Vidi proved that they were anything but the pushover they were expected to be.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 27, 2019 19:39