Come January 2019, Alvaro Morata was a Chelsea reject who the London club simply could not wait to get rid of. Now, back in the colours of his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, he has returned to the Morata that convinced the Blues to fork out £60 million for his services.

Our tactical analysis will provide insight into how the Spaniard has performed on loan in La Liga, rediscovering his best form.

In a front two

Quickly establishing himself ahead of injury-hit Diego Costa in the pecking order, Morata is no longer a lone centre-forward as he was at both Chelsea and Real Madrid. Instead, he lines up alongside Antoine Griezmann in a front two. It’s a role which has suited him well, allowing him to capitalise on his intelligence and movement to exploit the spaces left behind when defenders are attracted to his French teammate.

Much like at Real Madrid where defenders would crowd around Cristiano Ronaldo and Morata would pick up the slack in behind, Morata is taking advantage of not being the focal point in attack.

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