16.12.2014 18:17 - in: The team S

    Morata: “Happy with life at Juventus”

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    The frontman discusses his first few months in Turin, the differences between Spanish and Italian football and yesterday’s Champions League draw

    Alvaro Morata has conveyed his delight at how his first few months in Turin have panned out and says he will be looking to increase his goal return as he continues to to grips with the demands of the Italian game.

    The 22-year-old believes a combination of good goalkeeping and a different footballing mentality from the one he is used to in his native Spain have kept him restricted to four strikes this campaign.

    But he remains confident of adding to his tally, especially with the day-to-day guidance offered by Massimiliano Allegri and his team of dedicated support staff.  

    Speaking to Sky, the striker said: “I’m very happy to be playing for Juventus. I’m at the best club in Italy and one of the finest in Europe. We’ve got through to the Champions League last 16 and are top of the pile in Italy.

    “I’m pleased about the opportunity I’ve been afforded. I could have scored a few more goals though, I’ve played some decent games but found myself up against goalkeepers in good form.”

    “It’s harder to score in Italy. In Italy the defenders are more experienced and know how to defend better, especially against teams at the top like Juve where they know they need to defend well if they’re going to take points off us.

    “It’s different tactically in Spain. Everyone charges forward with little thought for the defence and holding positions. I need to adapt because the difference is pretty evident.

    “There are certain details the manager and his coaching staff run through with me and when I’m able to carry them out better, I’ll be able to improve even further.”

    A crucial factor behind Morata’s seamless transition to life in Turin has been the support of fellow countryman Fernando Llorente, whose advice and friendship have been important in helping the Madrid-born youngster feel instantly at home.

    “Fernando’s a great player and a top guy. There’s no rivalry in the team, we’re team-mates and help Juve in Italy and Europe. I’m the first to be made up when he scores and vice versa.”

    A Champions League winner last year with Real Madrid, Morata shares the view of his team-mates regarding the threat posed by their last 16 opponents Borussia Dortmund, but says the Bianconeri’s determination to come out on top will make for an interesting affair.  

    “They’re a great team who have performed to a high level in Germany and Europe for many years now. They’ve always qualified for the Champions League and have got all the way to the final.

    “Their current league position doesn’t do them justice and I’m convinced they’ll finish a lot further up the table. It will be a decent game and we want to show that we can win.”

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