Antonio Conte‘s ‘childish’ touchline manner is to blame Alvaro Morata’s recent struggles in front of goal, according to Joey Barton.
Morata has found the going tougher in recent weeks, however, finding the back of the net only twice in his last 10 outings.
The 25-year-old drew another blank in Saturday’s Premier League match against Leicester and Barton believes Conte, who was seen beating the ground in frustration after his main striker missed a chance in the recent 2-2 draw with Arsenal, has affected the former Juventus star’s confidence.
‘Morata, who I think is an incredible player, is having a tough time at the minute, missing a couple of chances,’ said Barton.
‘But you look to the touchline and there’s soft lad Conte banging the floor, throwing himself around and jumping into the crowd.
‘I agree with Mourinho a little bit – behave yourself.
‘Maybe celebrate goals but when your player’s missing a chance, the last thing you want to see on the telly is your manager slamming the floor and acting like a petulant child.’