Chelsea star Alvaro Morata backed to start scoring goals again by team-mate Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger has backed Alvaro Morata to bounce back from a drop in form to fire Chelsea to trophies this season.

Morata failed to score against Arsenal for the second time in eight days as Chelsea were held 0-0 in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final.

The Spain international struck seven times in his first eight appearances for the Blues after joining from Real Madrid for a club record £58m, but has found the net on just five occasions in the last 21.

A section of Chelsea fans appeared to start voicing their frustration as he laboured against Arsenal’s defence.

Rudiger admits the 25-year-old has been showing signs recently that his struggles are getting to him, but is confident he will soon bounce back.

He told Standard Sport: “As a striker it’s normal that you want to score. Of course there are a times when the head is down a little bit.

“But all I will say to him is ‘to continue, to work for the team as you always do and the luck will come again’. I’m not worried about him.

“I don’t know this (if the home crowd were getting on his back against Arsenal). I just know the whole team is with him and I think all the fans are with him.

“It’s just a difficult period for him and I hope the best for him. Sometimes there are spells when you score and don’t score, but his effort for the team is good and he always tries. If he scores again, everything will be fine.

“Can he win the second leg against Arsenal for us? Definitely. We saw it in the last round against Bournemouth. He had one chance and scored. When he does this again, everything will be okay.”

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Arsenal are now the favourites to progress to the final in a fortnight’s time after holding Antonio Conte’s side goal-less.

Conte has now won just one of his seven competitive matches against the Gunners, but Rudiger says Chelsea’s impressive 2-2 draw in the League at Emirates Stadium last week showed they’re good enough to advance.

He added: “We were playing at home and of course we wanted to win, especially as there is a second game coming. We didn’t reach the target and so we have to go into the return leg and try to win there.

c”But what we did in the League game at Arsenal last week definitely gives us confidence. Everything is open.”

Rudiger, who joined from Roma in the summer for £34m, is beginning to become more of a first team regular under Conte and is dreaming of playing at Wembley in the Final.

The German international has started 10 of the last 14 games and was picked ahead of captain Gary Cahill last night.

“My start (to my Chelsea career) wasn’t bad here,” he said. “But I’m very pleased with my current form. My aim is always to help the team. I’m happy that I’m improving and scoring goals for the club as well.

“I’m still young so there is a lot of space for improvement. But I’m working hard every day.

“I’m here to win trophies, it doesn’t matter what it is. I want to go to Wembley and play the (EFL Cup) Final there, it doesn’t matter against who. But we have to go step by step and do our thing.

“The last time I was at Wembley I was playing for Germany against England. It’s a fantastic stadium and it would be special to play there again.

“There is a lot to be excited about at Chelsea for the rest of the season. We are also still in the Champions League and FA Cup. There are lots of targets. We just have to focus on ourselves, be confident and work hard.”



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