The involution of Morata

The Spaniard started out at Juve but has not seen a goal in the league since December. He was upset in early January and missed two games.


Álvaro Morata is not going through his best time at the scorer level, at least in Serie A. The Spanish started the campaign with Andrea Pirlo joining the system of his old 'regista' like a glove. Pirlo asked him something similar to what he did when they shared the green: take advantage of his physique and his speed and cover the attack front as a new partner of Cristiano. Everything, without forgetting the main thing, scoring goals.

The Madrid native, who had the confidence of the coach, threw the team behind his back upon his arrival and also, when Cristiano was out due to Covid-19. He added goals in the Champions League (double against Dinamo, another against Ferencvaros and a goal for each one in the second leg) to give the Turinese first place in the group and also important goals in the League saving draws against Crotone and Benevento ( 1-1) or participating in goals as against Spezia or Parma, where he scored one and gave another two for the final 0-4.

Since that afternoon at Ennio Tardini, Morata has been drenched by gunpowder, at least in Serie A. The year ended with a 0-3 defeat against Fiorentina in which he had to be replaced due to injury. These muscular discomforts weighed down his start to the year and he missed the league matches against Udinese and Milan, returning to Serie A to play just four minutes against Sassuolo. In a January loaded between the Super Cup and the Cup, Morata found his goal scorer there, scoring against Napoli in the tournament between champions (2-0) and in the Cup against Genoa (3-2) and SPAL (4-0). Meanwhile, in the League, he continued empty against Bologna and Sampdoria to end January.

February has not yet broken the streak. Against Roma he assisted Cristiano as he did with Chiesa against Samp but he continued without seeing the door. Nor this weekend against Naples, where he enjoyed 90 minutes and three shots that did not serve to beat an excellent Alex Meret. Juventus, which suffers in the league as it has not been seen in years, misses its goals to try to revalidate the scudetto. The leader, Inter, already has eight points left.

Although it is standing out as a generator of the game, the bad streak jumps to the top of the Turin newspaper Tuttosport, which highlights the forward's scoring moment in the League and describes it as an 'alarming decline'. Loaned by Atlético until the end of the season, Juventus has a purchase option that it seems determined to exercise. This Wednesday, Do Dragao receives him for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Porto. Europe, which is being their territory this year, could be the definitive impulse to return to the goal path at Bel Paese and put out the DEFCON 2 they launch in Turin with goals.

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