Zinedine Zidane has implored Alvaro Morata to “think about it differently” with regards to his playing time at Real Madrid.
Morata left Real in the summer to join Chelsea in a club-record £58million move.
He started the season in fine form with seven goals and two assists in his first eight appearances.
But in the following 27 matches, he has scored just five goals and assisted three.
Many believe his struggles are down to the fact he has never played a full season as a leading striker.
He left Real as he felt he was missing out on important games, stating that he often played “with the second choice side” earlier this season.
“I didn’t play in any of the Champions League knock-out games, or against Barcelona, Atletico, Sevilla and Valencia,” he said.
But Real manager Zidane has explained why that outlook is “wrong”.
“They might think some games are more important than others, but they would be wrong to think that way,” said Zidane.
“There are no insignificant games; there are situations in which you have to play within a team, a system which is different.
“All of the players want to play against PSG – more than in one of our matches against La Liga sides who might be below us in the table.
“That might seem obvious, but if we start thinking that way, we’d be making a mistake.
“What matters is that a player feels important within the team. ‘If you play 20, 30 or 40 games, then you have participated in winning the league, which is what Morata did last season.
“He needs to think about it differently, and look at it like he played a part in, and contributed to, the successes of the team.”
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