Alvaro Morata: It felt bittersweet to score the goal that knocked out Real Madrid
Juventus forward Alvaro Morata has revealed that it was a ‘bittersweet feeling’ to score the goal that eliminated his former club, Real Madrid. The Madrid born striker, who played a significant part in securing the result, was sold to Juventus in the summer for a fee of around £16 million.
The 22-year-old forward who played a significant part in last season’s Champions League winning campaign was given a standing ovation by the Santiago Bernabeu faithful. Following the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, Morata said, “It was an important goal, but I’ve got a bittersweet feeling.”
“I want to say thanks to the Real Madrid fans because they have always treated me well. If only I could have scored against another team, but life is like that. Here and in Turin I came on to the pitch thinking that it was a training session (with my old team-mates) and I had to stop and focus.”
On the challenge that Barcelona pose to Juventus in the final of the Champions League, Morat remains confident. “My feelings will be different against Barcelona. They are a great team. But we are as well.”
Coach Massimiliano Allegri was full of praise for Morata as he went on to say, “Morata is becoming a very important player and he has grown physically. He is a young lad who grew up at Madrid with many champions by his side. He started from the bench at Juventus but has grown a lot and I think there is still room for improvement.”