Alvaro Morata was all smiles after netting the Bianconeri’s second goal of tonight’s 2-0 win over Empoli on his first Serie A start for the club.
The Spanish frontman, who combines blistering pace with sharp technique, represented a threat to the hosts’ rearguard throughout the 90 minutes and capped an impressive performance with a well-taken goal in the closing stages.
But after expressing his delight at finding the target, Morata’s thoughts immediately turned to Tuesday’s Champions League clash as he called on the supporters to raise the roof when Olympiacos come to town.
Speaking following the final whistle, the 21-year-old began: “I’m very happy with my strike and the team’s victory. I’ll have a look back at the goal when I get home because I don’t remember too much of it. I think it was a good one though!
“Now we need to think about the next game, which is a must-win for us. We ask the fans to come to the stadium and make the task a lot easier for us with their support.”
Tonight saw Allegri field the untried combination of Morata and Sebastian Giovinco, and the Spaniard was quick to acknowledge the contribution of his new-found partner in crime.
He concluded: “Giovinco’s a great player. I’ve known of him for a while now and I always had him in my team when I played as Juve on the Playstation. He’s an important player for the team.”