Friday January 15 2021
Morata prepares for 'special' match

Juventus forward Alvaro Morata will ask to swap shirts with Inter forward Romelu Lukaku on Sunday, said he loves playing with Cristiano Ronaldo and is determined to fight for the Scudetto in 2020-21.

Morata returned to Juventus last summer and has impressed in his return to Turin, contributing four goals and six assists in 12 Serie A games.

The Spanish forward recalled the decider from the Derby d’Italia in 2015, when he put on a pair of sunglasses that flew out of the hands of a disappointed Inter fan.

“I remember that moment,” Morata told Sky Sport Italia. “I don’t know why I celebrated like that.

“Maybe because I didn’t expect it. I didn’t see the ball go into the net.

“The glasses fell from the stands and then [Fernando] Llorente handed them to me and I put them on.

“Sunday, there won’t be all this, because there are no fans. Let’s hope they come back soon.

“It’s a special match, you feel it more than the others. Two of the best teams in Italy are playing.”

Morata continued to talk about his partnership with former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and said ‘it’s a pleasure to play alongside’ the Portuguese talisman.

“It’s easy to play with him, I have known him for a long time,” Morata added. “He scores incredible goals even when you give him balls that aren’t easy.

“I know what moves he makes, my job is to take away the men. It’s a pleasure to play alongside Cristiano, I can’t do anything but enjoy it.

“The idea of playing with him and [Paulo] Dybala excited me last summer, it’s a crazy thing that I will tell my children.”

Morata praised Inter’s strike force too, saying that Lautaro Martinez is ‘more versatile’, but Romelu Lukaku can’t be stopped.

“They are two fantastic players,” he said. “Lautaro is not a common No9, Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the world. He has everything.

“I’m sorry when he scores, because he’s at Inter, but I’m happy for him because he’s a great person.

“I’ll ask him for his shirt, to keep it as a souvenir, I hope he doesn’t have a bad day.

“We will try to stop him, even if it won’t be easy. Lautaro is more versatile, while Lukaku, you know what he wants to do but you can’t stop him.”

Morata said Juventus are ready to fight for the 10th straight Scudetto in the second half of the campaign.

“We are always there, the fine line between winning and losing is thin. We have dropped points many times this season, but our goal is clear.

“We will make our fans proud against Inter. It’s still a long way.”