Mo­rata find­ing his groove at Atletico

The Citizen (KZN) - - Internatio­nal - Madrid

– Al­varo Mo­rata (right) may be Atletico Madrid’s best hope of a so­lu­tion to their scor­ing prob­lem as the striker ap­pears fi­nally to have found a club to call home.

Mo­rata will face Ju­ven­tus in the Cham­pi­ons League tonight hav­ing hit six goals in his last seven games for Atleti but his pre­ci­sion stands alone in a squad that is fail­ing to ful­fil hopes for a more at­tack­ing style this sea­son.

In to­tal Mo­rata has seven goals, al­most a third of his team’s 22 in all com­pe­ti­tions and in the last month, that de­pen­dence has in­creased. Atletico have scored 10 goals, of which Mo­rata has claimed six.

His form has earned him a re­call to the Spain squad and, de­spite a num­ber of op­tions be­ing tried, he is now the out­stand­ing favourite to lead the line for Luis En­rique at Euro 2020 next year.

Mo­rata’s sea­son started slowly, with as many red cards as goals, a need­less send­ing off at the end of a 2-0 win over Mallorca mean­ing he was sus­pended for the city derby against Real Madrid.

His in­dis­ci­pline co­in­cided with a pe­riod of frus­trat­ing re­sults for

Atletico too and when Diego Sime­one was asked about re­vival, his an­swer was seen by some as a mes­sage to his num­ber nine.

“There are some that look for peo­ple to blame and some that want to work,” Sime­one said. “Only the se­cond lot will get on with me.”

Mo­rata has re­sponded and in truth few could ar­gue with his record since he re­turned to Spain from Chelsea, ini­tially on loan in Jan­uary and then per­ma­nently in the sum­mer. It cur­rently stands at al­most a goal every two games.

At Chelsea, Mo­rata be­came as­so­ci­ated with streaks more than con­sis­tency be­fore con­fi­dence sapped away and the faith of coaches, and then fans, dis­ap­peared.

From Jose Mour­inho, Carlo Ancelotti and Zine­dine Zi­dane at Real Madrid to Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri at Ju­ven­tus and then An­to­nio Conte and Mau­r­izio Sarri at Chelsea, Mo­rata has never truly es­tab­lished him­self as a scorer to be re­lied upon. – AFP

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