Maurizio Sarri says Alvaro Morata has to overcome his "fragile" mentality if the Chelsea striker should keep up with Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero in the top goalscorer lists.
Morata scored twice in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, but was promised a hat-trick in injury time when he kept one-on-one with Wayne Hennessey.
The 26-year-old Spaniard tried to beat the Palace goalkeeper who denied him the match ball, and Sarri later said, "He's a bit fragile from a mental point of view.
Alvaro Morata was delighted on Sunday afternoon when he met Crystal Palace
The Spanish striker answered his critics with a man of the match in the London derby
Chef Maurizio Sarri, however, urged Morata to overcome the "fragile" mentality that worries him
"Alvaro has improved in the last month. Improves confidence, improves personality, improves from a technical point of view. Now he can play more with the team.
"But I also think that Alvaro has a lot of physical and technical potential, so I think he can continue to improve."
To keep up with Kane and Aguero, Sarri continued, "For Alvaro, the goal must be a consequence. He has to play with his colleagues for the team, without thinking of goals. Goals are usually the result of teamwork. "
Chelsea took second place behind Manchester City with this win. Sarri also set a Premier League record by extending his unbeaten start to eleven games in the first round.
Morata scored a low score to score his second goal – and that of Chelsea
Sarri wants Morata to fight in the scorers' list with Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane
"The record does not belong to the coach but to the team," said Sarri. & # 39; I was lucky. At the beginning we knew very well that there was a gap to City. Last season there was a gap of 30 points.
"I hope to close the gap almost completely, but I do not know, it's very difficult to get 30 points in half a year, but we'll try."
Palace has not won since September. Coach Roy Hodgson said: "We were rarely outside the relegation zone last season, but ended eleventh
"We missed the chances, yes, and had a bit of bad luck, yes. We do not have as many points as we should, yes. But let's see where we are after 38 games. "