Morata finding his groove at Atletico
– 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