Friday September 25 2020
Morata: 'Chance of a lifetime'

Alvaro Morata calls his Juventus return ‘the chance of a lifetime’, backs Andrea Pirlo the coach and believes the Bianconeri will win the Champions League.

Juve turned back to Morata after their deal for Luis Suarez collapsed, and the former Atletico Madrid striker has complete confidence in Pirlo’s ability to lead the Old Lady.

“Being back here is great,” he began at his official unveiling.

“I’m now a more experienced person and player. This is the chance of a lifetime.

“Seeing Pirlo as a coach has been great. I saw it coming because he was made to be one. Juve need him and I’m happy to be here with him.

“After the first two training sessions, I was already impressed with how he managed the group. He knows how to get us to play well with the ball.

“I’m sure we’ll do well. I’m ready to play and do whatever the coach asks of me. I want to win and I’d like to score 35 goals.

“I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Atletico Madrid, but they were banking on me here when I was a still a young lad, so I’m very grateful.

“I’m at the right place at the right time. The best memory of when I was here is my wife, in addition to the trophies I won, which are unforgettable.”

The 27-year-old reunites with Cristiano Ronaldo, his strike partner at Real Madrid.

“I know Cristiano well, both as a player and as a person. I always had a good relationship with him. He told me that he was happy I came here.

“It wasn’t my decision to leave the first time. A contract must be respected. Before returning, I talked to everyone and saw that there was this possibility.

“I was happy at Atletico, I won’t forget what I did for them, but now I’m here and that’s the most important thing.

“I’ve always felt the faith of his club, even when I wasn’t here.”

Morata was a Champions League runner-up with Juve in 2017 and beat them two years later, playing alongside Ronaldo for Real, to win the trophy.

“The Champions League is a very important trophy. We’ve got close to it in recent seasons now and we’ll win it sooner or later, hopefully this season.

“We have a lot of work to do. Winning the title won’t be easy because sustaining [your dominance] is difficult and there are many other teams going for it.”

Image credit @juventusfcen via Twitter

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