MORATA BECOMING A WORLD BEATER AT JUVE

When Spanish international Alvaro Morata left Atletico Madrid to join Juventus in the Italian Serie A at the start of this season, it was almost a case of now or never for the striker. Morata has flattered to deceive since he became a hot prospect at Real Madrid at the start of his career and the second spell with Juve offered the opportunity to finally live up to the expectations garnered from his time at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.

Morata, 28,needed to seize the chance given to him at Juventus for the second time and he has been able to achieve this feat in the opening three months of the new season. The Spaniard is the form man for Juventus and his performances have led him to be one of the first picks for manager Andrea Pirlo.

In his first spell at Juventus, Alvaro Morata spent two seasons with the club having joined on loan from Real Madrid. He was far from being a constant feature in the Juventus XI in those seasons (2014/15 season and 2015/16 season) but he did enough to helpJuve reach the Champions League final in his debut campaign as a Juventus player.

The Italians would go on to lose 3-1 to Spanish club Barcelona in that final. Morata finished that season with 15 goals in 46 appearances before netting 12 goals in 47 appearances in the next campaign. Like it’s customary with Juventus in recent years, those two seasons yielded two league titles for the player.

His second Juventus spell seems to be different from the first spell some years ago as the Italians are now enjoying a better and more experienced version of Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard is now the main man in the Juventus attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.He was given a rare rest during the Champions League Group G clash with Ferencvaros on Tuesday night, but he was still needed as his team struggled to overcome the Hungarians.

Morata came on as a 62nd minute substitute for petite Argentine player Paolo Dybala and went on to score the winning goal in added time as Juve came from behind to defeat their guests 2-1 at home and book their place in the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club competition. It was his 7th goal of the season in just 10 games.

Alvaro Morata has five goals in just four Champions League games this season as he has mastered the art of performing well on the biggest stage this term. It has been established that he came through the youth team at Real Madrid and also had largely unsuccessful spells at Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in between his first and second Juventus spell.

At country level, his record for Spain is very good with 18 goals in 36 appearances. His 18th goal came in the last international break as he scored the opening goal in the 6-0 thumping of German in the Nations League. Spain booked their place in the UEFA Nations League finals next year with the help of that result.

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