After four years of separation, passion has returned: the reunion between Alvaro Morata and Juventus looks like a beautiful story for the “old lady”, again “innamorata” (in love) with the Spaniard, who is already the author of four goals in the Champions League. “”Everyone has to feel wanted in life“said the striker recently, asking about the reasons for this ‘new morata’, a wording that is now required in Italy as in Spain, where he excels in the selection.
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What has changed ? Especially the numbers. Since the end of his first two-year contract with Juve in 2016, the striker has chained clubs – Real Madrid, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid – with correct stats (an average of 16 goals per season) but also with some inconsistency and the impression of peaking.
The 28-year-old Spaniard returned to Turin in September, on loan with an option to buy, with the label “Third Choice” after talks between Juve and Edin Dzeko or Luis Suarez and quickly made the starter Gonzalo Higuain forget. Despite arriving late, he easily merged with Andrea Pirlo’s project, with whom he had played in Serie A during his first stint (and won the Scudetto in 2015). The new N.9 particularly benefited from the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo due to coronavirus to make itself indispensable. And stay that way when the Portuguese come back.
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Model team member
He has scored six goals in nine games, four of them in three Champions League games (co-top scorer). Constantly on the move, he was rejected even more because of too frequent offside positions, including three in the same game, against Barcelona (2-0) at the end of October. Rather flattering “statistics” for a player who quit assured not to worry about the numbers: “If only I thought about individual rewards, I would have played tennis ! “
To his goals, he added the strengths of a model teammate who is active and willingly altruistic in urgent and defensive retreat (3 templates). In particular, he has made a decision to improve his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, his ex-team-mate at Real Madrid, and has given up on several occasions taking his chance in a good position to serve the Portuguese.
“”Today I feel more complete. I’m not 20 anymore and everything that has happened in my career has taken me further“Said the Spaniard, whose international experience pays off in the Champions League: In Turin memories he is particularly associated with the wonderful 2014-2015 season, in which he scored the goal of Juve in the final and lost to Barcelona (1-3).
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“The same person”
Morata also attributes his new “honeymoon” in Turin to the lack of physical problems that have often disrupted his career.“If this is not the first time in my career that I’ve played six games in a row and played more than 60 minutes each time … It just has to be the second. (…) I’m the same person who equal player What changes is whether you are on the field or not“he stated ten days ago when he assembled the Spanish team that he found after a year of absence.
Because this return to the foreground has obviously not escaped the Spanish coach Luis Enrique: “Since joining Juve, Morata has been a different player in terms of confidence. He has made progress in many ways. He has an attitude that I like about strikers“commented the demanding technician on November 13th.
And Morata did not miss this return to the selection: his goal against Germany – with a strong header – was the first stone of the monumental correction that was inflicted on the team (6-0) in the League of Nations. Which also rekindles the flame for the euro: “Morata must be the new N.9 de la Roja“Marca, Spain’s best-selling newspaper, claimed after the demonstration.
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