Claude Makelele criticises Maurizio Sarri for replacing Alvaro Morata with Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea

Claude Makelele believes Chelsea are better off with Alvaro Morata in their squad (Stadium Astro)

Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele believes Maurizio Sarri should have stuck with Alvaro Morata instead of bringing Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge.

Higuain has struggled since his arrival in the Premier League, scoring just four goals in 12 appearances, while the Argentine was unable to make an impact as Chelsea drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Morata, meanwhile, was allowed to leave Chelsea in the January and joined Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan deal, while the Spanish club also have the option to make have the option to make it permanent for a £50 million fee.

But Makelele, who won two Premier League titles and made over 200 appearances for Chelsea, feels his former club were wrong to let the Spain international leave Stamford Bridge.

‘For me, the way I see it I think it depends on the manager and the way he wants to play football,’ Makelele told Stadium Astro.

Gonzelo Higuain struggled in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United (BPI/REX)

‘Either with a target man or with a smart player moving, scoring goals, dribbling.

‘We didn’t know exactly what the manager wanted [at the start].

‘He prefers Higuain because he’s more adapted with Hazard and Willian, he had him before, he knows Higuain very well, so he knows the mentality and spirit [of Sarri’s team].

‘But for me, the one is Morata, he’s a real striker.

‘He’s like [Karim] Benzema a little bit, technically soft, scores goals, not selfish, runs, I think he’s quicker than Higuain and Giroud.

Alvaro Morata has scored six goals during his loan spell at Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)

‘It’s difficult [to adapt], it was hard to adapt in the beginning, I needed to change the way I played, the second ball there was always contact.

‘It was so different, you need to be a mix of a fighter and playing football one and two touch.

‘I think any manager who buys a player needs to have the identity of the club.

‘He understands why he’s been bought, he needs to be a fighter and play for his teammates.’


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