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Jamie Carragher blames Alvaro Morata’s poor form on Eden Hazard’s comments

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Carragher is now retired and works as a pundit (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher believes Eden Hazard’s comments have played a role in Alvaro Morata’s poor form for Chelsea this season.

Morata endured a difficult first season at Chelsea which saw him score just 15 times in 48 appearances after signing from Real Madrid.

The Spaniard is now playing in his second season at the club where he is also struggling to find the net, bagging just seven goals in 19 games.

But former Liverpool defender and now pundit Carragher believes Morata’s form has been influenced by his team-mates.

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‘Sarri has a big decision to make this Saturday [when Chelsea face City],’ Carragher said. ‘At Napoli last season he had a regular source of goals in his little striker Dries Mertens who got 18 in the league and perhaps Hazard, with seven already, will fulfill that role this season.

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‘But with every game Morata is giving his club more certainty that this is a signing that has not worked.

‘For Chelsea, that threat just did not seem to be there with Morata who has not scored in the league since his two against Crystal Palace on Nov 4.

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‘The fact that Eden Hazard said he preferred playing with Giroud will have stuck in Morata’s mind too.

‘Hazard has a tendency to be very frank in his views – we saw it in the World Cup with Romelu Lukaku – and as the team’s leader that will have been heard loud and clear in the dressing room.’

Chelsea’s next fixture is against Manchester City on Saturday evening at Stamford Bridge.

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