Alvaro Morata believes similarities can be drawn between Sunday’s showdown with Roma and a famous encounter he is no stranger to in his homeland, Real Madrid against Barcelona.
The coming together of Spain’s most decorated club sides is always accompanied by a worldwide audience and this weekend will be no different as football lovers from all over the globe tune in to watch two Serie A heavyweights do battle at Juventus Stadium.
And, after sustaining a knock in midweek against Atletico Madrid, Morata says he is fit and raring to sample his first ever top of the table clash in Italy.
Speaking exclusively to Jtv’s Filo Diretto, the striker began: “I’m in good shape and feel I’m improving all the time. I’m available and really want to be involved on Sunday.
“The build-up is exactly as it is for Real Madrid against Barcelona. That’s how it goes when you face fellow title contenders. There’s always tension and you try to be as focused as you can. We know it will be an important game and we’ll have to give all we’ve got to emerge victorious.”
Fighting fit and with a first Serie A goal under his belt in last weekend’s away win over Atalanta, the Spanish frontman puts his quick transition down to strong relationships with Massimiliano Allegri and his team-mates.
He added: “I get on very well with the coach, we speak frequently and work a great deal on tactics. A lot is new as far as I’m concerned, I’m learning different techniques and the whole team is really helping me out.
“Team-mates wise, I get on best with Llorente because I knew him before I arrived. He’s been a real help, as have Pereyra and Asamoah. Having said that, everyone has treated me fantastically and it’s a real pleasure to be here.”