Spain and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata sits down with FourFourTwo to talk about the mentality of a Premier League striker and how your brain can be a much bigger asset than your other muscles. The Spanish number-9 also points out some key differences between his national team and the club side.
A lot of strikers are blessed with electric pace – how are you still able to score so many goals without relying on speed?
“In the Premier League, you have much less time to think. You have to make your decisions as quickly as possible, because speed – whether it’s in your head, or your feet – is key to being a successful striker. You must also be intelligent in your movement. A fast brain can be just as dangerous as a fast body.”
So, is the Premier League more about intuition than other countries?
“To an extent. There is certainly less time to process all the information in front of you, so there are times when you are playing on instinct and your feel for a certain situation, based on your previous experiences.”
Spain play a short passing game, but your last three clubs – Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea are often more expansive – does that change the way you play for club and country?
“To an extent, you have to change your mentality because the styles are totally different. At Chelsea, and even Real Madrid, the game is slightly crazier, with the importance of counterattacks. With Spain, sometimes you find that the only time you touch the ball is to finish off a long passing move, but you have to adapt.”