Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has apologised to supporters and attempted to give reasoning behind his reaction to being substituted during his side's 2-1 win at Burnley on Thursday evening.
The 25-year-old, who has endured a difficult time at Stamford Bridge following his quick goalscoring start, blanked again at Turf Moor, despite being found on numerous occasions with the opportunity to grab what would have been only his third goal of 2018.
I get as frustrated with Morata as everyone else but the fact he's getting in the positions to miss must be seen as a positive. Personally I would still start him on Sunday and allow Giroud to be an impact sub if need be.— Jonnie Green (@JonnieG21) April 20, 2018
The Spanish striker was left furious after being hauled off by boss Antonio Conte with around 20 minutes remaining, with Eden Hazard taking his place.
And following the contest, Morata took to Instagram in an attempt to offer the reasoning behind his actions as well as offer an apology.
"Three important points for us", he posted on the social media platform, alongside a photo of himself congratulating Victor Moses following the 27-year-old's winner.
Three important points for us. The best way to get ready for Sunday’s game was winning today. I want to apologize for my reaction when I was sent to the bench, when I fail I get really angry with myself!! La mejor forma de preparar “la final” del domingo era ganar hoy!! Siento mi reacción en el cambio, estaba muy cabreado conmigo mismo!! #GOCHELSEA
"The best way to get ready for Sunday’s game was winning today. I want to apologize for my reaction when I was sent to the bench, when I fail I get really angry with myself!!"
Club legend Dennis Wise, however, claimed to Sky Sports that the cause of the 25-year-old's inconsistency this term is a lack of competition on the sidelines.
I mean, I expected Morata to miss that, but even that surprised me. Like me on Fifa— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) April 19, 2018
"I think Morata, he’s done okay in patches”, he said. “But they needed someone who could come along and put him under pressure, and they’ve never really had one.
“[Michy] Batshuayi they sent out on loan, they never really fancied him. I think if you look at the players they signed, they paid an awful lot of money for some of them. I think you’ve got players out there that could have done a better job for them.”
Morata will be hopeful he can retain his starting spot in Conte's XI ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final showdown with Southampton at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.