Alvaro Morata Suggests Increased Playing Time Is Behind His Resurgence in Form

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has hinted that his improved form is simply down to being given more regular opportunities to play.

The Spaniard returned to the Allianz Stadium over the summer, joining La Vecchia Signora from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan worth €10m; one that includes an option to buy for €45m.

Morata has hit the ground running in familiar surroundings, having previously spent two years in Turin after being farmed out on loan by Real Madrid in 2014. He's scored four goals in Juventus' first three Champions League games of the season, and also has a couple of Serie A strikes to his name.

Morata celebrates after scoring against Ferencvaros in the Champions League | Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

But the 28-year-old has suggested that his return to goalscoring form is simply down to playing more often, hinting that his previous clubs - Real Madrid, Chelsea and Atletico - failed to afford him prolonged runs in their side, which may have affected his chances of being more consistent.

"I am the same person, the same player," Morata said (via Marca), ahead of Spain's clash with Switzerland in the Nations League. "But in the end, being on the field is different from not being there.

"In other years I didn't have consistency. At Chelsea I was not at the level [I should have been at], but if you play it gives you peace of mind and more time to think when you have the ball.

"If it is not the first time that I've played more than 60 minutes throughout six games in a row, it must be the second. I work hard and things come. I'm going to do things well."

Morata struggled to make a significant impact at Chelsea | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Morata endured a frustrating spell at Chelsea in particular, though he did manage to net 11 times in his maiden Premier League season. He was largely criticised for his performances though, and with his confidence low, he returned to Spain in January 2019 with Atletico - where he'd started his career before moving on to neighbourhood rivals Getafe and then Real aged 16.

At the Wanda Metropolitano, he experienced similar problems and Joao Felix's more prominent role soon restricted the number of games Morata was starting. Now under the guidance of former teammate Andrea Pirlo, he's back in Juventus' side on a regular basis and may finally be on track to deliver on the promise he showed during the formative years of his career.

Source : 90min