Striker Morata to 'fight' for place in Real Madrid starting 11


Madrid, Sep 7 (IANS) Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata cemented his spot at Spain's football team with two quickfire goals in the last 15 minutes of their 8-0 thrashing of Liechtenstein on Monday night -- but he now faces the reality of Real Madrid where he will have to fight for a place alongside the trio known as the 'BBC' .

Morata was Real Madrid's only signing of the summer as the club took up the 30 million euros (around $33 million US dollar) buyback clause on his contract with Juventus, but he returned to a side containing Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in attack, reports Xinhua.

Both Ronaldo and Benzema were injured in the first two games of the season which Morata started, but both should be available to play against Osasuna on Saturday. So where will that leave Morata?

"There is competition in all of the best sides and even more so in Real Madrid. My dream is to succeed with Real Madrid and if I wasn't prepared to work for it I would have gone to a club where I knew I was going to play more. I am going to fight for my place, that is why I returned," he said in an interview with sports paper, Diario AS.

"Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema are three of the best players in the world, but I am going to make it as hard as I can," added Morata, who nevertheless knows it will be difficult.

Also during a long season there are suspensions and injuries and I hope that (Madrid coach) Zinedine Zidane decides to make squad rotations because that would be good for everyone, allowing some players to rest and others to play."



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