Tuesday September 22 2020
Morata the ideal marriage for Juventus

Alvaro Morata is the ideal striker for Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus for precisely the same reasons he struggled in London and Madrid, writes Susy Campanale.

There’s an Italian saying, great loves never go away, they just go take the long way round and meet up again. Alvaro Morata has always been utterly in love with Juventus. He found his confidence here, played his best football in the Bianconeri jersey, met and married his wife Alice. Even though he played for both clubs in the city of his birth, it’s Turin he considers to be home.

Some players are ruthless, goal-getting machines who focus only on finding the back of the net, no matter who they have to trample over to get there. Morata is definitely not that kind of striker, which would explain his rather poor career statistics and why the football betting odds on him being Capocannoniere are going to be outlandish. He’s more of a facilitator, someone who works within any tactical system to create spaces, hold up the ball and help his teammates relish the glory. In that sense, he is the ideal partner for Cristiano Ronaldo, just as he was for Carlos Tevez.

Luis Suarez would’ve been two massive egos in one team, inadvisable, even if he did resist the urge to take another chunk out of Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder. Edin Dzeko is so accustomed to shouldering the burden of the entire Roma attack that he’d have considered Juve a blessed relief, or perhaps after a while felt a little out of the loop.

When Juve picked Morata, many pundits pointed out he’d be ‘happy to sit on the bench and not make a fuss’ when Pirlo changed tactics or Paulo Dybala returned to the line-up. The Spaniard turns 28 next month, he should be at the height of his personal ambition, yet he shuns the spotlight and wants nothing more than to feel comforted rather than challenged.

Not everyone is the same, we all have our personalities and they inevitably bleed into our work. Footballers are no different. Ronaldo has the career statistics he does because he is so driven and propels others along with him. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the same, you don’t reach a few weeks before your 39th birthday and continue to make the difference in matches at the top level if you’re not intensely passionate. Morata is more of a let yourself be the leaf carried along by the stream kind of man. That is reflected in his playing style too.

It remains frankly shocking to me that Diego Simeone ever thought Morata would suit the Atletico Madrid approach in any way, shape or form. Cholo wants killers, Alvaro is that henchman who ends up turning on the bad guy and helping the hero escape.

Max Allegri praised Morata as “the only striker in the world right now who can fit into any tactical system, any role, can be a partner to any teammate in the forward line. Wherever you put him, he does the job and makes those around him play better.” One of the biggest problems in the Spaniard’s career has been the fact he is treated like a centre-forward when he doesn’t particularly play like one. He’s tall, good in the air, he ought to be the focal point of the attack, but that’s not where he wants to be. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, they all tried to make him into someone he’s not. Juve accept Alvaro as he is, the fans love him, he won’t shoulder the massive pressure of a €60m price-tag or be considered the new Karim Benzema.

Andrea Pirlo knows his style perfectly well, having been his teammate in 2014-15. So much of Pirlo’s approach has been about taking Juventus back to that time, the transition between Antonio Conte and Allegri, recapturing that identity. Andrea Agnelli tried to go in a completely different direction under Maurizio Sarri, but the squad and others within the club hierarchy never fully embraced that vision. Like Morata, they wanted to feel at home in Turin, and now they have that.

Have your say...
Excellent pickup! Suarez can no longer run and therefor dicscarded by Koeman, Juve needed more youth in this lineup
and Alvaro has shown he has talent/scoring and running ability, and will have np fitting in, with the many injuries to Dybala in recent yrs this is a smart pickup at reasonable money, yes very interesting year for us as Im feeling this team will entertain unlike Sarri football
thank god he was fired!!
on the 27th September, 2020 at 4:46pm
10m for 1 year of Morata' loan deal, is equal to 1 year of Dzeko's remaining good career. Dzeko will lose his pace, just like Treze and Del Piero. Suarez's deal is impossible to happen this year
on the 24th September, 2020 at 7:55am
Thumbs up Susy. Your articles are always spot on. Keep it up. Imagine, Sczency; Frabotta/Sandro, Chiellini, De Ligt, Danilo/Cuadrado; Ramsey/arthur, McKennie; Morata, Dybala, Kulusevski; C. Ronaldo, in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Tasty, I guess.
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 5:10pm
I honestly think this purchase has happened because Juventus don't like the idea of waiting for the Milik-Dzeko carousel to go around and the skepticism around the Suarez move and how shady that has all been. They know Morata, Morata knows them. I do take exception to them saying Morata is "Home"... A Spaniard that went: Madrid > Juve > Madrid > Chelsea > Atletico > Juve and they've got the nerve to say he's "Home".. Deluded.
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 4:13pm
Morata is a decent player, technically and attitude. I suspect he will do well. But gotta admit Suarez would have been more interesting.
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 3:00pm
They said that Morata did everything to come back, non stop calling to Pirlo Paratici, and even to cut almost half of his wage...bentornato Morata
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 10:15am
The more I think about it, I am happy with the Morata deal, in theory the move ticks a lot of boxes for all parties involved. However, I'm not going to lie, I am disappointed the Suarez deal could not happen in time; what a front 3 of Ronaldo, Dybala and Suarez would have been. That's the fire power needed to go far in the CL.
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 10:00am
Probably a better signing than Dzeko or Suarez, but is there a footballer anywhere who makes playing look less enjoyable? He seems so miserable all the time! If he achieves 20 goals and 10 smiles this season I'll be surprised..
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 7:33am
Why does this club never look forward? Why is it that they always play it safe? Why is it run like a provincial club on a shoe string budget? It is embarrassing!! This man has cost over 230ml in transfer fees and can barely muster up 15 goals a season, even if that!! I just dont get the thinking behind some of these signings. They keep saying they want to change, but they are too terrified to make changes.
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 6:14am
Unless I'm mistaken, he never asked to leave in the first place. Didn't Real Madrid have a buy back clause? They activated it so Juve had no choice but to accept. They only re-signed him to sell him to Chelsea for a bigger fee. Pretty sure, given the chance, he would have stayed at Juve. He had some good times there, more of the same please.
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 5:53am
Pirlo first error buying average player when he has young talent at juv on his doorstep $10mill not worth 10 b0b
on the 23rd September, 2020 at 3:36am
I really like this signing because of how understated Morata is. The worst thing a team can do is create selection headaches. People are obsessed with having two world class players for each position but I'm never sure how that works. Most world class players don't like sitting on the bench. Morata is the perfect foil for Ronaldo and gives Dybala hope. He's the perfect signing for Juve.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 11:52pm
@whiterabbit, Pirlo doesn't need another finisher. That role is for Ron. What he need is a target man who can hold up the ball well and give it to Ron.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 11:40pm

Wrong, Juve fans never want Dzeko and especially Suarez. Alvaro is way much better than them. He is younger, unselfish, a team player, ex Juve player and he already knows how to play with Ron and Dybala.

on the 22nd September, 2020 at 11:31pm
I honestly would have preferred Dzeko just because he is a better finisher then Morata. Suarez would have destroyed the whole locker room harmony, so I guess in the end we did pretty good. I always liked Morata when he played with us because he is not a selfish player and is always sacrificing for the team. We still dont know how Pirlo will line up this season, but it looks more that Morata will be used more as a sub then starter.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 9:44pm
Good deal but lets be honest, we all know you would have picked both Dzeko and especially Suarez before Morata.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 7:06pm
Umm, Suarez should be able to get a EU passport because he speaks Spanish? So the entirety of South America and Central America should be considered European citizens as well?
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 6:33pm
Really splits opinion but didn't he score in two semis to get us to the Champion's League final? He should have never left Juve and he knows it. I can see him slotting in nicely. Welcome back Morata.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 5:55pm
from higuain, speculating suarez, getting dzeko; then back to this idiot.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 4:45pm
Juve didn't need a number 9 to score goals, we have Ronaldo, Dybala and Kulu for that. The number 9 is to hold up the ball, make runs into space and press. He checks the boxes and comes at the right price.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 3:55pm
BTW if Suarez speaks fluent Spanish, which is EU language, he should be eligible for EU passport.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 3:40pm
Great pickup so happy el Moratador is back. He left too early and I’m glad the reciprocal love affair that never subsided can be realized. The prodigal son has returned!!!. Grazie Pirlo!! As for the haters nobody cares. Only one that matters is Pirlo. Can’t wait to see him rock his sunglasses again at San Siro 
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 3:01pm
Very well written article. I completely agree with "Not everyone is the same, we all have our personalities and they inevitably bleed into our work."
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 2:34pm
Spot on Suzy! This is a great signing that now completes a great team. A couple more big wage player disposals would be welcome now, but let’s see what the remaining days of the transfer window has in store (Rugani, Khedira and Costa for example)
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 1:43pm
I love this, the prodigal son is back. He is technically skilled and brings mobility and pace up front against teams that like to press high. He is not going to score 20 odd goals but he’ll help the other strikers to score and assist and somehow he always scores and play great in big games for Juve.
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 1:27pm
Absolutely banging to have Alvaro back at Juve, this season makes me even more excited.........Pirlo at the helm, with a great McKennie, Kuluvesksi, Ramsey and Rabiot not forgetting CR7 and the back still a little concerned by with DeLigt and Demiral, they will learn from Chellini....Bonucci needs to seriously up his game....Cuadrado and Sandro still need work, though was impressed with Frabotta.......lets have some serious competition for places this season and let hope for success
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 12:54pm
Welcome home Alvaro
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 11:45am
We trust in Pirlo. He knows Morata well and I always thought Suarez should be the last choice, seeing that some of the chaos in Barca centered around him and Messi and Pique etc. I figured he would mess up the dressing room vibe. Looking back at the Bayern game years ago, giving that ball to we have CR7, Kulu and D Costa (hopefully he's sold) as well so I think we can see many more counters like that. With Dzeko, that type of counter aint happening lol
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 11:43am
This article is SPOT ON. Could not have said it better myself. Suarez would have been a big mistake. Dzeko was fine, and a proper, proven goalscorer....but almost 35..... Not ideal. I usually don't like the idea of bringing players back, but I think in Morata's case, it's different. He belongs here. And he has superb BMT. Going to be an exciting season!!!
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 11:29am
I'm so glad Juve pick Morata as our number 9. No doubt he fits the criteria of a striker who can feed Ronaldo and link up well with Dybala. Good job Paratici-Nedved!
on the 22nd September, 2020 at 11:04am

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